Publishing on Ice


  • Eve Coppinger



This article examines a particular shipboard newspaper situated within the centuries- long hunt for the Northwest Passage. The newspaper existed in both an original handwritten form produced on a ship in the Arctic and as a printed edition in London. An examination of the newspaper in both versions suggests the ways in which the same text can be transformed by variations on its physical form, its readers, and its temporal situation. This study shows the ways that a focus on print culture and books as objects can be used to interpret primary historical sources, revealing the value of dealing with primary sources in a personal way.

Author Biography

Eve Coppinger

Eve Coppinger graduated in 2009 with a B.A.  Eve majored in history and English and is starting law school in September. Her interests are travel, books, theatre and the outdoors.  During her undergraduate years, Eve enjoyed book history and print culture, as well as philosophy and Canadian and post-colonial history.




How to Cite

Coppinger, E. (2011). Publishing on Ice. Constellations, 2(2), 118–124.



Canadian History