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Unit profile


Publishing Studies at Lund University is centred around all aspects of the book: Publishers, book trade, market and sales systems, digital publishing, reading, literature in society, including almost all social, economic and practical aspects of books and literature. Neighbouring disciplines such as sociology of literature and book history are naturally linked although Publishing Studies is primarily focused on contemporary issues and developments. The research within the centre for publishing studies has during the last years covered bestsellers, literary values, Swedish children’s literature in the 1970s, bookstores and book sales, literary celebrities, the golden age of the Swedish book market 1945–1970 and crime fiction. On-going and planned projects are on the development of book sales in Sweden, the use and theories of Gérard Genette’s paratext concept, crime fiction as a cultural economy, literary tourism, and the development of the global book market.

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