Books and Readers in Early Modern England: Material Studies

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Jennifer Andersen, Elizabeth Sauer
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002 - 305 pages
Books and Readers in Early Modern England Material Studies Edited by Jennifer Andersen and Elizabeth Sauer. Afterword by Stephen Orgel "A fascinating collection."--History "Showcasing an innovative, interdisciplinary group of essays, Books and Readers in Early Modern England will interest scholars of bibliography, collections studies, literature, and history. This book should also prove useful in the classroom. . . . It is only fitting that a book so productively devoted to the history of textual consumption should itself appeal to a wide audience."--Albion. Books and Readers in Early Modern England examines readers, reading, and publication practices from the Renaissance to the Restoration. The essays draw on an array of documentary evidence--from library catalogs, prefaces, title pages and dedications, marginalia, commonplace books, and letters to ink, paper, and bindings--to explore individual reading habits and experiences in a period of religious dissent, political instability, and cultural transformation. Chapters in the volume cover oral, scribal, and print cultures, examining the emergence of the "public spheres" of reading practices. Contributors, who include Christopher Grose, Ann Hughes, David Scott Kastan, Kathleen Lynch, William Sherman, and Peter Stallybrass, investigate interactions among publishers, texts, authors, and audience. They discuss the continuity of the written word and habits of mind in the world of print, the formation and differentiation of readerships, and the increasing influence of public opinion. The work demonstrates that early modern publications appeared in a wide variety of forms--from periodical literature to polemical pamphlets--and reflected the radical transformations occurring at the time in the dissemination of knowledge through the written word. These forms were far more ephemeral, and far more widely available, than modern stereotypes of writing from this period suggest. Jennifer Andersen teaches English at California State University, San Bernardino. Elizabeth Sauer is Professor of English at Brock University, Canada. Material Texts 2001 312 pages 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 25 illus. ISBN 978-0-8122-1794-0 Paper $29.95s £19.50 World Rights Literature, History, Library Science and Publishing
 

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Contents

Plays into Print Shakespeare to His Earliest Readers
23
Books and Scrolls Navigating the Bible
42
Theatrum Libri Burtons Anatomy of Melancholy and the Failure of Encyclopedic Form
73
Approaches to Presbyterian Print Culture Thomas Edwardss Gangraena as Source and Text
90
Traces of Reading Margins Libraries Prefaces and Bindings
110
What Did Renaissance Readers Write in Their Books?
112
The Countess of Bridgewaters London Library
131
Lego Ego Reading SeventeenthCentury Books of Epigrams
153
Print Publishing and Public Opinion
192
Preserving the Ephemeral Reading Collecting and the Pamphlet Culture of SeventeenthCentury England
194
Licensing Readers Licensing Authorities in SeventeenthCentury England
210
Licensing Metaphor Parker Marvell and the Debate over Conscience
236
John Drydens Angry Readers
254
Records of Culture
275
Contributors
284
Index
288

Devotion Bound A Social History of The Temple
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Page 1 - Truth and understanding are not such wares as to be monopolized and traded in by tickets and statutes and standards. We must not think to make a staple commodity of all the knowledge in the land, to mark and licence it like our broadcloth and our woolpacks.

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Jennifer Andersen teaches English at California State University, San Bernardino. Elizabeth Sauer is Professor of English at Brock University, Canada.

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