No Textual Matter: Editors and Publishers of Early Colonial Spanish American Narrative (1493–1524)

By Oscar Barrau.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Focused on a narrow idea of production that dismissed reception, critics and literary historians searched the origins of Spanish-American literature within authorial margins and the limits of the modern notion of the text. By neglecting the roles played by contemporary editors and publishers, not only have they missed the instrumental elements of book production, but ignored their mediating role with those who made literature possible: contemporary readers. This essay poses an alternative interpretation of the origins of Spanish American narrative by vindicating the materiality of the book, and of those behind it, and thus revisits the definition of literature outside the conventional margins of the text.

Keywords: Early Modern, Publishing, Spanish America, Spain, Literature, Authorship, Readership

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp.27-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 889.010KB).

Oscar Barrau

Associate Professor, World Language Studies, Indiana University, South Bend, USA

Current work in Early Modern Studies, Bibliography, and Colonial Studies; background and interest in History, literary traditions and critical theory; published in Colonial Latin American Review and elsewhere; presented at international and national congresses; PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

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