Inspired by Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of the literary field that encompasses multiple agents and is shaped by them, we have created the website “Literary Field Kaleidoscope”. We offer information and critical comments about authors, agents, publishers, booksellers, readers, and books. We also offer a news column, statistics, and other resources that help our readers to understand the literary fields in the UK, Germany and France. We would like to encourage our readers to discuss their questions and research projects with us.
“The Literary Field Kaleidoscope” is run by Gesa Stedman and Sandra van Lente. Gesa Stedman is professor for British literatures and cultures at the Centre for British Studies (link), Humboldt-Universität Berlin. Sandra van Lente works as a freelancer (texts, translations, graphic and web design) and is head of Women in Publishing (BücherFrauen e.V., link) in Berlin. Sandra also blogs at www.experilente.de and www.litdocs.de and can be found on Twitter: @svanlente. We both share an interest in the history and present shape of the literary fields in the UK, France, and Germany. We use this site to think and write about positive as well as questionable developments, agents, and events in the literary field.