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Publishing in the contact zone : linguistic properties of the book publishing field in Montreal


Publishing in the contact zone : linguistic properties of the book publishing field in Montreal

Shoumarova, Lina (2007) Publishing in the contact zone : linguistic properties of the book publishing field in Montreal. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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In this thesis I explore an understudied area of communications--the practice of book publishing. Through an in-depth look at the Montreal book publishing field, I examine the relation between publishing and language arguing that language represents a system of power and social relations and that as such, it is one of the major structuring forces of the field of book production, defining possibilities or constraints for agents active in the field. Focusing my analysis on Montreal's peculiar geographic location as a "contact zone" of French and English languages, I explore how the interplay between the two tongues has contributed to shaping and defining the book publishing field in the city. I argue that this process of structuration through language takes place on three levels: first, on a political level, through the formation of the power dynamics and the set of rules that orient the functioning of the field and affect the positioning of Montreal publishers in it; second, on an economic level, through the expansion of markets abroad based on publishing strategies, among which translation is one of the most viable methods for market extension as well as inter-cultural communication; and third, on a cultural level, through the possibility of inter-cultural contact specifically between anglophone and francophone publishers in the city. My focus throughout this thesis is mainly on small literary presses and I use the findings from the interviews that I conducted with six publishers working on both sides of the linguistic divide in Montreal in order to provide a more thorough and engaging study. Keywords. book publishing, English/French, linguistic minorities, linguistic markets, translation, inter-cultural communication, Quebec.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Communication Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Shoumarova, Lina
Pagination:vi, 128 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Communication Studies
Thesis Supervisor(s):Shade, Leslie Regan
ID Code:975796
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:22 Jan 2013 16:15
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:41
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