Journal article

Afterword: Publishing an academic edition of From Man to Man or Perhaps Only — in South Africa

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Author list: Nivesjö S, Barends H

Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)

Publication year: 2019

Journal: Journal of Commonwealth Literature

Start page: 1

End page: 7

Total number of pages: 7

ISSN: 0021-9894

eISSN: 1741-6442


This afterword to the written symposium “Between ‘the lights and shadows’: Reading the new
edition of Olive Schreiner’s From Man to Man or Perhaps Only —” contains an interview with
Sandy Shepherd, publisher at UCT Press, about Dorothy Driver’s 2015 edition of From Man
to Man. Topics raised include the importance of local academic publishing in providing locallyspecific
knowledge, challenging knowledge distribution dominated from the global North, keeping
local cultures alive, and establishing synergies between local and international research and local
publishing. Difficulties with local academic publishing are addressed, such as high costs and a
limited readership. The tensions between producing a thorough academic edition and appealing
to a wider audience, and thus facilitating the spread of a novel important to South African cultural
history, are discussed.


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