De uitgever als poortwachter? | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 15, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1384-5829
  • E-ISSN: 2352-118X


Publishers are often compared to gatekeepers both on account of the role they play in the selection process as on account of their vital contribution to the social recognition of authorship. The comparison signals an important phenomenon but has its limitations. The first is of a historical nature. For centuries the printing culture coexisted with the much older manuscript culture. Publishers only started to play a key role between authors and the market at the moment when in the 18th and 19th century a print society originated. The second limitation concerns the distinction between literary genres. Those who call publishers gatekeepers suggest that they do so all across the board. That this is incorrect appears from an investigation into the publication of poetry and plays.


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