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The importance of fiction to the Raffles Library, Singapore, during the long nineteenth-century.

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The importance of fiction to the Raffles Library, Singapore, during the long nineteenth-century.

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dc.contributor.author Luyt, Brendan.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-15T04:45:06Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-15T04:45:06Z
dc.date.copyright 2009
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.issn 1758-3489
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10220/6716
dc.description.abstract One of the main controversies in the world of librarianship in the latter half of the nineteenth and early part of the twentieth century was the role of fiction in the public libraries of North America and United Kingdom. To what extent was this concern translated to other parts of the English-speaking world? In this article, I explore, from the available evidence, the attitudes towards fiction held by officials of the Raffles Library, Singapore. I present evidence that the library tended to be very liberal in its views. To understand why this was the case, I argue, involves an understanding of the notion, commonly held at the time, of human degeneration from prolonged exposure to tropical environments, and the colonialist reaction to this predicament.
dc.format.extent 26 p.
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Library & information history
dc.rights © 2009 Maney Publishing. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Library & information history, Maney Publishing. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/175834909X417444.
dc.subject DRNTU::Library and information science::Libraries::History and statistics.
dc.title The importance of fiction to the Raffles Library, Singapore, during the long nineteenth-century.
dc.type Journal Article
dc.contributor.school Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
dc.description.version Accepted version

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