CFP: [Bibliography] The Audiobook Essay Collection

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Matthew Rubery
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Call for Contributions to Essay Collection on The Audiobook

This essay collection will consider the significance of the audiobook. The
growing popularity of audiobooks over the last several decades means that
literary critics may no longer be able to turn a deaf ear to the ways in
which oral delivery influences the reception of literature. The essays
gathered here will explore the extent to which the audiobook not only
enables us to hear literature but to hear it in new ways. While audiobooks
are responsible for only a fraction of the total book publishing market,
their use is among the minority of reading practices found to be increasing
as the number of overall readers continues to decline. Recent advances in
digital audio technology in particular make this an opportune moment to
reflect on the evolution of our reading practices. All critical
perspectives on the history and culture of the audiobook are welcome. Some
questions that might be considered: In what ways do audiobooks adapt
printed texts? What skills in “close listening” are necessary for their
reception? How is audio technology influencing our understanding of narrative?

Prospective contributors should submit a proposal (500-700 words) and
one-page cv to Matthew Rubery ( by 1 May 2009.
The deadline for submission of completed essays by selected contributors
will be 1 May 2010.

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