Book History Reader

ISBN-10: 0415359481
ISBN-13: 9780415359481
Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)
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List price: $58.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/5/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.442
Language: English

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.

David Finkelstein is a research professor of media and print culture at Queen Margaret University College in Edinburgh.

Alistair McCleery is Professor of Literature and Culture at Napier University in Edinburgh. He is co-author with David Finkelstein of the two standard textbooks in the field,<i An Introduction to Book History</I (Routledge 2005) and <i The Book History Reader</i (Revised Edition, Routledge 2006). He also co-edits <i The Bibliotheck</i , a journal of bibliography and book history. He has published widely on Scottish and Irish literature, particularly Neil Gunn and James Joyce.

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
What is book history?
Editors' Introduction
What is the History of Books?
Bibliography, Pure Bibliography, and Literary Studies
The Book as an Expressive Form
A New Model for the Study of the Book
The Socialization of Texts
Early Modern Print Culture: Assessing the Models
Labourers and Voyagers: From the Text to the Reader87
The Field of Cultural Production
The impact of print
Editors' Introduction
Text, Script, and Media: New Observations on Scribal Activity in the Ancient Near East
Orality and Literacy: Writing Restructures Consciousness
Manuscripts
The Practical Impact of Writing
The Body of the Book: The Media Transition from Manuscript to Print
The Indian Ecumene: An Indigenous Public Sphere
The Sociology of a Text: Orality, Literacy and Print in Early New Zealand
Defining the Initial Shift: Some Features of Print Culture
The Book of Nature and the Nature of the Book
Texts and authors
Editors' Introduction
The Death of the Author
What is an Author?
Oral Religio-Political Activism and Textual Production
Literary Property Determined
Authors, Publishers and the Making of Literary Culture
Cultures of the Commonplace
Masterpiece Theater: The Politics of Hawthorne's Literary Reputation
The Victorian Novelists: Who Were They?
When is a Book Not a Book?
The Magazine Market
Toward International Cooperation: The Literary Editing of H.D. and Bryher
Texts and readers
Editors' Introduction
Interaction Between Text and Reader
Literacy Instruction and Gender in Colonial New England
Reading Practices
Rereading the English Common Reader: A Preface to a History of Audiences
The English Common Reader: From Caxton to the Eighteenth Century
Interpreting the Variorum
Forgotten Readers: Recovering the Lost History of African American Literary Societies
A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste and Middle-Class Desire
The future of the book
Editors' Introduction
The Digital Subject and Cultural Theory
Material Matters: The Past and Futurology of the Book
Farewell to the Information Age
Bibliography
Index

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