English Literature in Your Pocket: The Tauchnitz Edition and Other Paperback Series

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
University of Leipzig
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Bernhard Tauchnitz's Collection of British and American Authors series, initiated in 1841, was not only a successful entrepreneurial eneavour but also a milestone in the history of print culture. The Leipzig-based publisher Tauchnitz, renowned all over the world for his series of affordable pocket books in English, eventually produced more than 5000 volumes over the next 100 years. The cultural and literary repercussions of this unique achievement have been far-reaching since the late 19th century.

This conference, to be held at the University of Leipzig from 27-28 November 2020, aims at uniting a broad variety of interests and different perspectives on the Tauchnitz legacy in particular but also on English language paperback series in general, providing a platform for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and views at a historical location.

We invite contributions from academics, scholars, collectors and other interested persons with a background in such fields as Publishing, History of the Book, Literary Studies, Bibliographical Studies, Material Culture, Cultural Studies, Victorian Studies, and Modernist Studies. 

Possible topics include:

The Tauchnitz firm and family: biographical, economic, and cultural perspectives

The scope of the Tauchnitz edition: authors, genres, production and distribution, use and reception, formal aspects, etc.

Tauchnitz and its authors: textual editing and bibliography

History of paperback books and series (Tauchnitz, Albatross, Everyman's, Penguin, etc.)

Copyright and international distribution

Bibliophiles, collectors, and the community of readers

Leipzig as a book trade centre

Digital Humanities: digital Tauchnitz

Proposals for papers should be sent via email to Dr. Stefan Welz (welz@uni-leipzig.de) and Dr. Dietmar Bohnke (dboehnke@uni-leipzig.de) by 15 March 2020. Papers can be in English or German. Please provide name, institutional affiliation, and email address as well as the title of the paper, along with your abstract of not more than 250 words. All authors of proposals will be notified in April 2020. For questions, please contact Dr. Welz or Dr. Bohnke at the email addresses listed above.