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The Book in Britain

A Historical Introduction

Allington, Daniel / Brewer, David A. / Colclough, Stephen / Echard, Sian


1. Auflage März 2019
512 Seiten, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd
Lesser, Zachary (Herausgeber)

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Introduces readers to the history of books in Britain--their significance, influence, and current and future status

Presented as a comprehensive, up-to-date narrative, The Book in Britain: A Historical Introduction explores the impact of books, manuscripts, and other kinds of material texts on the cultures and societies of the British Isles. The text clearly explains the technicalities of printing and publishing and discusses the formal elements of books and manuscripts, which are necessary to facilitate an understanding of that impact. This collaboratively authored narrative history combines the knowledge and expertise of five scholars who seek to answer questions such as: How does the material form of a text affect its meaning? How do books shape political and religious movements? How have the economics of the book trade and copyright shaped the literary canon? Who has been included in and excluded from the world of books, and why?

The Book in Britain: A Historical Introduction will appeal to all scholars, students, and historians interested in the written word and its continued production and presentation.

Editor's Note vii

A Note on Money viii

List of Illustrations x

Introduction 1

Part I The Middle Ages and the Renaissance 9

1 Early Beginnings to the Norman Conquest of 1066 11

2 From the High Middle Ages to the Coming of Print, 1066-1530 48

3 Consolidation and Control in the World of Print, 1530-1640 81

Part II The Interregnum and the Long Eighteenth Century 135

4 Politics and Periodicals, 1641-1695 137

5 Partisan Strife and the World of Print, 1695-1740 177

6 Managing the Flood of Print, 1740-1780 205

Part III From the Nineteenth Century to the Modern Age 227

7 Consolidating Change, 1780-1820 229

8 The Distribution Revolution: Innovation and Diversity, 1820-1870 251

9 The Age of Mass Production, 1870-1920 317

Part IV The Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries 339

10 Minority Culture and Popular Print, 1920-1940 341

11 The Age of the Mass-Market Paperback, 1940-1970 371

12 Big Business and Digital Technology, 1970-2018 413

References 461

Index 506
DANIEL ALLINGTON is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College, London. Widely published on readership and digital media issues, he co-edited Communicating in English: Talk, Text, Technology.

DAVID A. BREWER is Associate Professor of English at The Ohio State University, where he teaches book history and eighteenth-century literature. He is the author of The Afterlife of Character, 1726-1825, and was part of the Multigraph Collective that wrote Interacting with Print: Elements of Reading in the Era of Print Saturation.

STEPHEN COLCLOUGH (1969-2015) was Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Bangor University, a renowned scholar of Victorian literature and culture, and the author of Consuming Texts: Readers and Reading Communities, 1695-1870. He founded The Bangor Centre for the History of the Book, which has since been renamed in his honor.

SIÂN ECHARD is Professor of English at the University of British Columbia, where she teaches classes in Middle English literature, the Arthurian tradition, medievalism, and book history. She is the author of Printing the Middle Ages and Arthurian Narrative in the Latin Tradition, and a general editor of The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain.

ZACHARY LESSER is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a general editor of The Arden Shakespeare Fourth Series, and the author of the award-winning books Renaissance Drama and the Politics of Publication and Hamlet After Q1: An Uncanny History of the Shakespearean Text.