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" ...
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."
Near Fine in Near Fine dustwrapper. Cloth, 8vo, 24 cm, xix, 444 pp, ills, map. From the blurb: "This book deals with two major subjects in the fast growing discipline of book history. One, the relationship between literary cultures of all sorts and the material nature of the book on which those cultures ultimately depend. Two, the international, indeed global, nature of the book and the book trade which supports it. A range of thirty scholars of international standing explore the subject through studies which range in time from the earliest literary cultures of Egypt, Greece and Rome to the international book market of the twentieth century. In terms of geography the book encompasses China, Japan, India, Africa, Australasia, north and south America and Europe. It also includes studies of language 'empires' created by, among others, English, French, German, Spanish, and Chinese-speaking cultures. This is a global study of a global phenomenon: the book in all its guises and all its states. Contents include: lntroduction, by Simon Eliot, Andrew Nash and Ian Willison; Some material factors in literary culture 2500 BCE-1900 CE, by Simon Eliot; NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS OF THE BOOK: A thousand years of printed narrative in China, by Glen Dudbridge; Marketing the Tale of Genji in seventeenth-century Japan, by Peter Kornicki; Literary culture and manuscript culture in precolonial India, by Sheldon Pollock; The Shahnama and the Persian illustrated book, by Robert Hillenbrand; Towards a history of the book and literary culture in Africa, by Isabel Hofmeyr Kjonienis; THE WESTERN BOOK IN HISTORY: Epic, diffusion and identity, by Christopher Carey; Carolingian manuscript culture and the making of the literary culture of the Middle Ages, by David Ganz; Petrarca philobiblon: the author and his books, by Nicholas Mann; The diffusion of literature in Renaissance Italy: the case of Pietro Bembo, by Brian Richardson; From literary almanacs to 'thick journals': the emergence of a readership for Russian literature, 1820S-1840S, by Abram Reitblat and Christine Thomas; LANGUAGE EMPIRES: Literary consequences of the peripheral nature of Spanish printing in the sixteenth century, by Clive Griffin; The conflicts of the canon: printing and literary culture during the Spanish Enlightenment, by Marta Luisa López-Vidriero; The book and Naturalism in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, by Jean-Francois Botrel; Friedrich Nicolai: creator of the German republic of letters, by Bernhard Fabian; The German language and book trade in Europe: cultural transfers and collective identity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, by Frédéric Barbier; France between literary culture and mass culture: seventeenth to twentieth centuries, by Jean-Yves Mollier; Publishing and literature in the French-speaking world: the cultural hegemony of the centre and the creative role of the periphery, by François Vallotton; Jacques Hébert: foremost publisher of the Quiet Revolution, by Jacques Michon; Creating an English literary canon, 1679-1720: Jacob Tonson, Dryden and Congreve, by John Barnard; Literary culture and literary Publishing in inter-war Britain: a view from Chatto & Windus, by Andrew Nash; 'The elixir of life': Richard Garnett, the British Museum Library and literary London, by Richard Landon; The tradition of A. W. Pollard and the world of literary scholarship, by Stephen Bury; 'In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book? ', by Michael Winship; From Methodist literary culture to Canadian literary culture: the United Church Publishing House/the Ryerson Press, 1829-1970, by Janet B. Friskney; 'The centennial racket': J. C. Beaglehole, nationalism and the 1940 New Zealand centennial publications, by Sydney J. Shep; 'Heaven forbid that I should think of treating with an English publisher' the dilemma of literary nationalists in federated Australia, by John Barnes; Perspectives for an international history of the book, by David McKitterick; Index.
Fine in fine dust wrapper. 8vo. pp xix, 444. Some illustrations. Contributors include Isabel Hofmeyer, Maria Luisa Lopez-Vidriero, Janet B. Friskney, David Ganz. Review copy with publishers printed review slip loosely inserted.
Fine in Fine Dust Jacket. Hardcover. 8vo. Dark green paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Pristine interior with illustrations throughout. Green illustrated dust jacket with yellow title to front and spine panels. Index, 444 pages. Books on Books. BOB/011212.
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