The Book History Reader

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-12-13
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Since the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century, books and print culture have been central to the shaping of culture and society.The Book History Readeris the first comprehensive volume to bring together a variety of work - much of which is now out of print or impossible to access - examining key aspects of book history. International in scope and interdisciplinary in nature, book history studies is a rapidly growing subject which analyses books and print as cultural artefacts.The Book History Readeris an essential collection of writings examining different aspects of the history of books and print culture: the development of the book, the move from spoken word to written texts, the commodification of books and authors and the power and profile of readers. The second edition features new articles covering issues of gender, material culture and bibliographical matters and a new section on the future of the book in the electronic age. Arranged in thematic sections andfeaturing a general introduction to the Reader as well as an introduction to each section, the editors illustrate how book history studies have developed a broad approach which incorporates social and cultural considerations governing the production, dissemination and reception of print and texts. This pioneering book will be a vital resource for all those involved in publishing studies, library studies, book history and also those studying English literature, cultural studies, sociology and history.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. x
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
What is book history?
Editors' Introductionp. 7
What is the History of Books?p. 9
Bibliography, Pure Bibliography, and Literary Studiesp. 27
The Book as an Expressive Formp. 35
A New Model for the Study of the Bookp. 47
The Socialization of Textsp. 66
Early Modern Print Culture: Assessing the Modelsp. 74
Labourers and Voyagers: From the Text to the Readerp. 87
The Field of Cultural Productionp. 99
The impact of print
Editors' introductionp. 123
Text, Script, and Media: New Observations on Scribal Activity in the Ancient Near Eastp. 125
Orality and Literacy: Writing Restructures Consciousnessp. 134
Manuscriptsp. 147
The Practical Impact of Writingp. 157
The Body of the Book: The Media Transition from Manuscript to Printp. 182
The Indian Ecumene: An Indigenous Public Spherep. 190
The Sociology of a Text: Orality, Literacy and Print in Early New Zealandp. 205
Defining the Initial Shift: Some Features of Print Culturep. 232
The Book of Nature and the Nature of the Bookp. 255
Texts and authors
Editors' Introductionp. 275
The Death of the Authorp. 277
What is an Author?p. 281
Oral Religio-Political Activism and Textual Productionp. 292
Literary Property Determinedp. 308
Authors, Publishers and the Making of Literary Culturep. 318
Cultures of the Commonplacep. 327
Masterpiece Theater: The Politics of Hawthorne's Literary Reputationp. 337
The Victorian Novelists: Who Were They?p. 345
When is a Book Not a Book?p. 354
The Magazine Marketp. 369
Toward International Cooperation: The Literary Editing of H.D. and Bryherp. 377
Texts and readers
Editors' Introductionp. 389
Interaction Between Text and Readerp. 391
Literacy Instruction and Gender in Colonial New Englandp. 397
Reading Practicesp. 416
Rereading the English Common Reader: A Preface to a History of Audiencesp. 424
The English Common Reader: From Caxton to the Eighteenth Centuryp. 440
Interpreting the Variorump. 450
Forgotten Readers: Recovering the Lost History of African American Literary Societiesp. 459
A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste and Middle-Class Desirep. 469
The future of the book
Editors' Introductionp. 485
The Digital Subject and Cultural Theoryp. 486
Material Matters: The Past and Futurology of the Bookp. 494
Farewell to the Information Agep. 509
Bibliographyp. 526
Indexp. 545
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