An Introduction to Book History

Finkelstein, David and McCleery, Alistair (2005) An Introduction to Book History. Routledge, London. ISBN 0415314437

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An Introduction to Book History provides a comprehensive critical introduction to the development of the book and print culture. David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery chart the move from the spoken word to written texts, the coming of print, the book as commodity, the power and profile of readers, and the future of the book in the electronic age. Each section begins with a summary of the chapter's aims and contents, followed by a detailed discussion of the relevant issues, concluding with a summary of the chapter. Sections include: § The History of the Book § Orality to Literacy § Literacy to Printing § Authors, authorship and authority § Printers, Booksellers, Publishers, and Agents § Readers and reading § The Future of the Book An Introduction to Book History will be an ideal guide to this exciting field of study, and is designed as a companion text to The Book History Reader.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Contents Introduction 01-10 Chapter 1: Theorising the History of the Book 11-41 Chapter 2: Orality to Literacy 42-66 Chapter 3: The Coming of Print 67-102 Chapter 4: Authors, Authorship and Authority 103-134 Chapter 5: Printers, Booksellers, Publishers, Agents 135-158 Chapter 6: Readers and Reading 159-188 Chapter 7: The Future of the Book 189-212 Conclusion 213-218 Glossary 219-225 Bibliography 226-247
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Media, Communication and Production
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2008 12:57
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2017 15:37


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