Literary cultures and the material book

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British Library, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 444 pages
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While the technological hype that dominated the 1990s eventually collided with reality and subsided, one of the period’s most tenacious ideas has not: the conviction that the future of books is in jeopardy. Yet the promise—or peril—of widespread textual availability on the Internet, along with the economic pressures of globalization, has had the unexpected beneficial effect of sparking interest in the relatively young discipline of the history of the book.
The essays collected in Literary Cultures and the Material Book cast a wide net—from China and Russia to South America and New Zealand—to investigate the vital relationship between actual, physical books and the study of literary cultures. How books are created, sold, and experienced as material objects is a fascinating and little understood element of literary culture, and the contributors to this volume build on the pioneering work of earlier scholars to bring the discipline into the present. As books enter uncharted and uncertain territory in the twenty-first century, understanding their impact on our globalized culture is more important than ever.

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Contents

Introduction i
28
A thousand years of printed narrative in China
53
Marketing the Tale of Genji in seventeenthcentury Japan
65
Literary culture and manuscript culture in precolonial India
77
The Shahnama and the Persian illustrated book
95
Towards a history of the book and literary culture in Africa
121
Epic diffusion and identity
133
Carolingian manuscript culture and the making of the literary culture
147
creator of the German republic of letters
241
cultural transfers
253
seventeenth
269
the cultural
281
foremost publisher of the Quiet Revolution
297
Jacob Tonson Dryden
307
Richard Garnett the British Museum Library
343
The tradition of A W Pollard and the world of literary scholarship
355

the author and his books
159
the case of Pietro Bembo
175
the emergence of a readership
191
Literary consequences of the peripheral nature of Spanish printing
207
printing and literary culture during
215
The book and Naturalism in Spain Portugal and Latin America
231
In the four quarters of the globe who reads an American book?
367
J C Beaglehole nationalism and the 1940
387
Perspectives for an international history of the book
413
Index
431
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