An Introduction to Book History

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Routledge, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 166 pages
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This second edition of An Introduction to Book History provides a comprehensive critical introduction to the development of the book and print culture. Each fully revised and updated chapter contains new material and covers recent developments in the field, including:

  • The Postcolonial Book
  • Censorship by states and religions
  • Social History, and the recognition of underrepresentation of its value to book history studies
  • Contemporary publishing

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 and points to ponder. Sections include:

  • the history of the book
  • orality to Literacy
  • literacy to printing
  • authors, authorship and authority
  • printers, booksellers, publishers, agents
  • readers and reading
  • the future of the book.

An Introduction to Book History is an ideal introduction to this exciting field of study, and is designed as a companion text to The Book History Reader.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Theorizing the history of the book
7
2 From orality to literacy
29
3 The coming of print
45
4 Authors authorship and authority
67
5 Printers booksellers publishers agents
86
6 Readers and reading
101
7 The future of the book
119
Conclusion
136
Glossary
140
Notes
144
Bibliography
145
Index
158
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About the author (2012)

David Finkelstein is Dean of Humanities at the University of Dundee, UK.

Alistair McCleery is Professor of Literature and Culture at Edinburgh Napier University, UK.

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