The book history reader ( 2nd revised edition )

Finkelstein, David and McCleery, Alistair, eds. (2006) The book history reader ( 2nd revised edition ). Routledge, London. ISBN 0415359483

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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 Reader is 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 Reader is 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 and featuring 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.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Contents: What is the history of books? / Robert Darnton -- Bibliography, pure bibliography, and literary studies / Fredson Bowers -- The book as an expressive form / D.F. McKenzie -- A new model for the study of the book / Thomas Adams and Nicolas Barker -- The socialization of texts / Jerome McGann -- Early modern print culture : assessing the models / Harold Love -- Labourers and voyagers : from the text to the reader / Pierre Bourdieu -- The field of cultural production / Pierre Bourdieu -- Text, script, and media : new observations on scribal activity in the ancient Near East / Scott B. Noegel -- Orality and literacy : writing restructures consciousness / Walter Ong -- The manuscript / Marcel Thomas -- The practical impact of writing / Roger Chartier -- The body of the book : the media transition from manuscript to print / Jan-Dirk Mller -- The Indian ecumene : an indigenous public sphere / C.A. Bayly -- The sociology of a text : orality, literacy, and print in early New Zealand / D. F. McKenzie -- Defining the initial shift : some features of print culture / Elisabeth Eisenstein -- The book of nature and the nature of the book / Adrian Johns -- The death of the author / Roland Barthes -- What is an author? / Michel Foucault -- Oral religio-political activism and textual production / Paula McDowell -- Literary property determined / Mark Rose -- Authors, publishers, and the making of literary culture / John Brewer -- Cultures of the commonplace / Leah Price -- Masterpiece theater : the politics of Hawthorne’s literary reputation / Jane Tompkins -- The Victorian novelists : who were they? / John Sutherland -- When is a book not a book? / Robert L. Patten -- The magazine market / James L.W. West III -- Toward international cooperation : the literary editing of H.D. and Bryher / Jayne Marek -- Interaction between text and reader / Wolfgang Iser -- Literacy instruction and gender in colonial New England / F. Jennifer Monaghan -- Reading practices / Kate Flint -- Rereading the English common reader : a preface to a history of audiences / Jonathan Rose -- The English common reader : from Caxton to the eighteenth century / Richard Altick -- Interpreting the variorum / Stanley Fish -- Forgotten readers : recovering the lost history of African American literary societies / Elizabeth McHenry -- A feeling for books : the Book-of-the-Month Club, literary taste, and middle-class desire / Janice Radway -- The digital subject and cultural theory / Mark Poster -- Material matters : the past and futurology of the book / Paul Duguid -- Farewell to the information age / Geoffrey Nunberg. Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [526]-544) and index.
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Media, Communication and Production
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2008 14:07
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2011 12:06


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