BookTube, BookTok, Wattpad, & Audible Creation Exchange (Criticism LTD, Episode #10)

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What is literary knowledge? And, for that matter, what is literature? A survey of new literary media takes on audiobooks [5:00], BookTube and BookTok [26:00], and Wattpad [75:00].

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Sarah Brouillette is Professor of English at Carleton University and the author of Literature & The Creative Economy (Stanford UP, 2014), UNESCO & The Fate of The Literary (Stanford UP, 2019), Underdevelopment & African Literature (Cambridge, 2020), and “Wattpad’s Fictions of Care.”

Laura B. McGrath is Assistant Professor of English at Temple University, co-founder of the Post45 Data Collective, co-editor of the Culture Industries Section at Public Books, and co-author of “The Work of The Audiobook.”

Mark McGurl is the Albert Guérard Professor of Literature at Stanford University and the author of Everything & Less (Verso, 2021) and The Program Era (Harvard UP, 2009)

Christopher Newfield is Director of Research at the Independent Social Research Foundation in London. He was formerly Distinguished Professor of English at UC-Santa Barbara and President of the Modern Language Association. He’s the author (or co-author) of numerous books in Critical University Studies, most recently The Great Mistake (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018) and Metrics That Matter (Johns Hopkins UP, 2023).

Matt Seybold is Associate Professor of American Literature & Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College, resident scholar at the Center For Mark Twain Studies, and executive producer of The American Vandal PodcastHe’s also co-editor (with Michelle Chihara) of The Routledge Companion to Literature & Economics (2018).


The American Vandal Podcast is delighted that Joe Locke and Circle 9 Records have given us permission to use Locke’s new album, Makramas the soundtrack to the “Criticism LTD” series. Locke’s quartet features Lorin Cohen on bass, Jim Ridl on keys, and Samvel Sarkisyan on drums, as well as Locke on vibes.

Tracks featured in this episode include Locke’s original compositions “Song For Vic Juris,” “Makram,” “Tushkin,” and “Raise Heaven (For Roy).”

And his arrangements of Cole Porter’s “Love For Sale.”

Episode Bibliography:

Perry Anderson, Lineages of The Absolutist State (1979) [2013 Verso Edition]

The Bookchemist YouTube Channel

Sarah Brouillette, “Wattpad’s Fictions of Care” Post45 (July 13, 2022)

Sarah Brouillette, “Social Media Memoir & Platform Capitalism” Chicago Review (November 19, 2021)

Sarah Brouillette, “Wattpad, Platform Capitalism, & The Feminization of Publishing Work” Book History (Fall 2023) [Forthcoming]

Sarah Brouillette, UNESCO & The Fate of The Literary (Stanford UP, 2019)

Sarah Brouillette, Underdevelopment & African Literature: Emerging Forms of Reading (Cambridge UP, 2021)

Wendy Brown, Undoing The Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution (Zone Books, 2017)

Melinda Cooper, Family Values: Between Neoliberalism & The New Social Conservatism (Zone Books, 2019)

Fall of Civilizations YouTube Channel

Nadira Goffe, “The Extremely Nerdy Love Stories That Are Burning Up The Bestseller List” Slate (June 13, 2023)

Garth Greenwell, What Belong To You (Macmillan, 2016)

Philippa Gregory, Wideacre (2006) Narrated by Emma Powell (Audible, 2017)

John Guillory, Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation (U. Chicago, 1993) [Enlarged Edition, 2023)

Ali Hazelwood, The Love Hypothesis (Berkley, 2021)

Elizabeth Helt, “From Friends To Lovers: The Fanfic-to-Romance Pipeline Goes Mainstream” Vulture (August 29, 2023)

Laura B. McGrath, Alexander Manshel, & J. D. Porter, “The Work of The Audiobook” Los Angeles Review of Books (May 16, 2023)

Mark McGurl, Everything & Less: The Novel In The Age of Amazon (Verso, 2021)

Mark McGurl, The Program Era: Postwar Fiction & The Rise of Creative Writing (Harvard UP, 2009)

Tom Nairn, The Break-Up of Britain: Crisis & Neo-Nationalism (1977) [2021 Verso Edition]

Sianne Ngai, Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting (Harvard UP, 2012)

Haley Pham, “Let’s Talk About The Books I Read In October!” (November 2, 2021)

Leah Price, What We Talk About When We Talk About Books: The History & Future of Reading (Basic Books, 2019)

Matt Seybold et al, “The Golden Age of The Working Critic,” The American Vandal Podcast (August 7, 2023)

Matt Seybold et al, “Hungover From The Bad Old Days of High Theory,” The American Vandal Podcast (August 14, 2023)

Matt Seybold et al, “Ponzi Austerity in The Age of Cultural Abundance” The American Vandal Podcast (August 21, 2023)

Matt Seybold et al, “Ponzi Austerity & The Monolingual University” The American Vandal Podcast (August 25, 2023)

Matt Seybold et al, “The Racist Interpretation Complex” The American Vandal Podcast (August 28, 2023)

Matt Seybold et al, “The Chicago Fight & ‘Criticism Inc.’” The American Vandal Podcast (September 5, 2023)

Matt Seybold et al, “Politics & The Paracademy” The American Vandal Podcast (September 23, 2023)

Matt Seybold et all, “Brittle Paper & The Blogossance” The American Vandal Podcast (October 2, 2023)

Elisa Tamarkin, “Critical Enough” American Literary History (Spring 2022) [Chronicle Reissue]

Julia Whelan, Thank You For Listening (HarperCollins, 2022) Narrated by Julia Whelan (Audible, 2022)