Alison Rukavina (Ph.D. University of Alberta, 2007) specializes in nineteenth-century British and colonial literature and print culture. She is particularly interested in the transnational and global circulation of books and people in the nineteenth century. She published The Development of the International Book Trade, 1870-1895: Tangled Networks in 2010 and is currently writing her second book on iconic Canadian Mountie Sam Steele and the dysfunctional publishing history of his memoir. Reviews editor for the Bibliographical Society of Canada’s journal, she has published on the nineteenth-century international book trade, nineteenth-century Australian and British book trades, Canadian print culture and book history, social network theory, and author/publisher relations.
- English Studies in Canada 31.1 (2011)
“Rukavina’s The Development of the International Book Trade concentrates on the relations between London publishers and the Australian book trade at a time when the British Empire is reaching its peak, but the larger implications of these business relationships are never far from her mind. The result is a book that is as daring in its theoretical reflections as it is firmly rooted in painstaking archival research. In the first place, the fundamental conception of her project challenges the limits of previous studies. … The relations she traces among colonial book markets, London publishing houses, and ambitious entrepreneurs who served as indispensable go-betweens points toward the vitality of transnational exchange at the end of the nineteenth century, a trade that foreshadows the growth of a globalized economy in the twentieth century” (Ronald Tetrault 52-3).
Also reviewed in
Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada
Script and Print
- "This is an absolutely first-rate work at the very cutting edge of book history research
… It is superbly written. Theoretically as well as empirically sophisticated, it engages
intelligently with the most rewarding debates going on in book history at the present
time. It is, in fine, a must.”
—Professor Robert Fraser, Open University, UK
- "'Crying over spilled milk': a publishing history of Sam Steele's Forty Years in Canada." Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada. 51.1 (Fall 2012). 239-61.
- "we can all meet, be it soon or late": E. A. Petherick and his scholarly and publishing
social network." Mémoires du livre/ Studies in Book Culture 4.1 (Fall 2012).
- A Victorian Amazon.com: Edward Petherick and His Colonial Booksellers' Agency. Book History 13 (2010). 104-21.
- Social Networks: modeling the transnational distribution and production of books. Angles on the English Speaking World 10 (2010). 73-83.
- "'This is a wonderfully comprehensive business': The development of the British-Australian and International Book Trades" (1870-1887). Script and Print: Bulletin of the Bibliography Society of Australia and New Zealand 32.1 (2008). 69-94.
- "'Of the Irritable Genus': The Role of Susanna Moodie in the Publishing of Roughing It in the Bush." Studies in Canadian Literature. 25.1 (September 2000). 37-56.
Book Chapters in an Edited Collection
- "Fabricating a National Canon: The Role of Richard Bentley and Son and George Robertson in Developing and Marketing the Australian Library." The Culture of the Publisher's Series, Vol. 2, Nationalisms and the National Canon, edited by John Spiers. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
- "'Of the Irritable Genus': The Role of Susanna Moodie in the Publishing of Roughing It in the Bush." Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, edited by Lynn M. Zott. Vol. 113. Detroit: Gale, 2002: 267-76.
Rukavina, Alison. The Development of the International Book Trade (1870-1895): Tangled Networks. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.