Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

Lori Emerson

Second Advisor

Laurie Gries

Third Advisor

Michelle Ellsworth

Fourth Advisor

John Ackerman


Dedicated to the formation of the “social and economic combinations” of new presses, the dissertation NP: New Press addresses the question: What does innovation look like in the publishing context? Its answer—as it assists in the formation of new institutionally-based publishing units—paradoxically involves a certain refusal to answer that question at all, since it is only when NP discovers new projects that it facilitates the collective formation of a business plan and in fact a new press. NP then deliberately moves on to another institution, to the building of yet another new press, since internal to NP is the idea that innovation arrives only in the starting anew, with different people, with different projects, within different institutions, in different locations.