The Selling and Self-Regulation of Contemporary Poetry

The Selling and Self-Regulation of Contemporary Poetry

by J.T. Welsch

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The Selling and Self-Regulation of Contemporary Poetry is the first book-length study of the contemporary poetry industry. By documenting radical changes over the past decade in the way poems are published, sold, and consumed, it connects the seemingly small world of poetry with the other, wider creative industries. In reassessing an art form that has been traditionally seen as free from or even resistant to material concerns, the book confronts the real pressures – and real opportunities – faced by poets and publishers in the wake of economic and cultural shifts since 2008. The changing role of anthologies, prizes, and publishers are considered alongside new technologies, new arts policy, and re-conceptions of poetic labour. Ultimately, it argues that poetry’s continued growth and diversification also leaves individuals with more responsibility than ever for sustaining its communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785273377
Publisher: Anthem Press
Publication date: 03/31/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 246
File size: 413 KB

About the Author

J. T. Welsch is a writer and critic, and a lecturer in english and creative industries at the University of York.

Table of Contents

Introduction – An Essential Industry: PoBiz in the New Millennium; Part I: New Markets; 1. The Generation Game: Anthologising the New Consensus; 2. Shortlisted Against My Ruins: Scandals in the New Prize Culture; 3. Poetry as Content: The Network Value of Lyrical Thought; Part II: New Products; 4. Full-Length: The Rise & Reification of the Modern Poetry Collection; 5. Poetic Devices: Book Technologies of a Retro-Future; 6. The Big Debut; Part III: New Policy; 7. Creative Capital: The Consolidation of London’s Poetry Power; 8. Plagiarism Police and the Re-Conception of Originality; 9. Practice-Based Priorities: Studying Poetry Across the Creative-Critical Divide; Part IV: New Producers; 10. Poetry & Work: Some Thoughts on Paterson; 11. Delighted & Humbled: The Poet as Entrepreneur; 12. The Promise of Professionalism; Conclusion – The Poetry Game: Markets & Metrics of Anxiety; Index.

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