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Material Readings in Early Modern Culture: Material Readings in Early Modern Culture


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This series provides a forum for studies that consider the material forms of texts as part of an investigation into early modern English culture. The editors invite proposals of a multi- or interdisciplinary nature, and particularly welcome proposals that combine archival research with an attention to the theoretical models that might illuminate the reading, writing, and making of texts, as well as projects that take innovative approaches to the study of material texts, both in terms the kinds of primary materials under investigation, and in terms of methodologies. What are the questions that have yet to be asked about writing in its various possible embodied forms? Are there varieties of materiality that are critically neglected? How does form mediate and negotiate content? In what ways do the physical features of texts inform how they are read, interpreted and situated? Consideration will be given to both monographs and collections of essays. The range of topics covered in this series includes, but is not limited to:

-History of the book, publishing, the book trade, printing, typography (layout, type, typeface, blank/white space, paratextual apparatus)

-Technologies of the written word: ink, paper, watermarks, pens, presses

-Surprising or neglected material forms of writing

-Print culture

-Bookbinding

-Manuscript studies

-Social space, context, location of writing

-Social signs, cues, codes imbued within the material forms of texts

-Ownership and the social practices of reading: marginalia, libraries, environments of reading and reception

-Codicology, palaeography and critical bibliography

-Production, transmission, distribution and circulation

-Archiving and the archaeology of knowledge

-Orality and oral culture

-The material text as object or thing

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Print Letters in Seventeenth‐Century England Politics, Religion, and News Culture

Print Letters in Seventeenth‐Century England: Politics, Religion, and News Culture

1st Edition

By Gary Schneider
February 15, 2018

Print Letters in Seventeenth-Century England investigates how and why letters were printed in the interrelated spheres of political contestation, religious controversy, and news culture—those published as pamphlets, as broadsides, and in newsbooks in the interests of ideological disputes and as ...

A Material History of Medieval and Early Modern Ciphers Cryptography and the History of Literacy

A Material History of Medieval and Early Modern Ciphers: Cryptography and the History of Literacy

1st Edition

Edited By Katherine Ellison, Susan Kim
September 21, 2017

The first cultural history of early modern cryptography, this collection brings together scholars in history, literature, music, the arts, mathematics, and computer science who study ciphering and deciphering from new materialist, media studies, cognitive studies, disability studies, and other ...

A Handbook of Editing Early Modern Texts

A Handbook of Editing Early Modern Texts

1st Edition

By Claire Loffman, Harriet Phillips
July 10, 2017

A Handbook of Editing Early Modern Texts provides a series of answers written by more than forty editors of diverse texts addressing the 'how-to's' of completing an excellent scholarly edition. The Handbook is primarily a practical guide rather than a theoretical forum; it airs common problems and ...

Visual Rhetoric and Early Modern English Literature

Visual Rhetoric and Early Modern English Literature

1st Edition

By Katherine Acheson
November 28, 2016

Early modern printed books are copiously illustrated with charts, diagrams, and other kinds of images that represent systems of thought and ways of doing things. Visual Rhetoric and Early Modern English Literature shows how these images fostered what Elizabeth Eisenstein called brainwork related ...

The Arts of Remembrance in Early Modern England Memorial Cultures of the Post Reformation

The Arts of Remembrance in Early Modern England: Memorial Cultures of the Post Reformation

1st Edition

Edited By Andrew Gordon, Thomas Rist
November 17, 2016

The early modern period inherited a deeply-ingrained culture of Christian remembrance that proved a platform for creativity in a remarkable variety of forms. From the literature of church ritual to the construction of monuments; from portraiture to the arrangement of domestic interiors; from the ...

Authority in European Book Culture 1400-1600

Authority in European Book Culture 1400-1600

1st Edition

By Pollie Bromilow
November 10, 2016

Through its many and varied manifestations, authority has frequently played a role in the communication process in both manuscript and print. This volume explores how authority, whether religious, intellectual, political or social, has enforced the circulation of certain texts and text versions, or...

Railing, Reviling, and Invective in English Literary Culture, 1588-1617 The Anti-Poetics of Theater and Print

Railing, Reviling, and Invective in English Literary Culture, 1588-1617: The Anti-Poetics of Theater and Print

1st Edition

By Maria Teresa Micaela Prendergast
October 17, 2016

Railing, Reviling, and Invective in English Literary Culture, 1588-1617 is the first book to consider railing plays and pamphlets as participating in a coherent literary movement that dominated much of the English literary landscape during the late Elizabethan/early Jacobean period. Author ...

Bible Readers and Lay Writers in Early Modern England Gender and Self-Definition in an Emergent Writing Culture

Bible Readers and Lay Writers in Early Modern England: Gender and Self-Definition in an Emergent Writing Culture

1st Edition

By Kate Narveson
September 08, 2016

Bible Readers and Lay Writers in Early Modern England studies how immersion in the Bible among layfolk gave rise to a non-professional writing culture, one of the first instances of ordinary people taking up the pen as part of their daily lives. Kate Narveson examines the development of the ...

Margaret Fell, Letters, and the Making of Quakerism

Margaret Fell, Letters, and the Making of Quakerism

1st Edition

By Marjon Ames
August 19, 2016

Intensely persecuted during the English Interregnum, early Quakers left a detailed record of the suffering they endured for their faith. Margaret Fell, Letters, and the Making of Quakerism is the first book to connect the suffering experience with the communication network that drew the ...

Ovidian Bibliofictions and the Tudor Book Metamorphosing Classical Heroines in Late Medieval and Renaissance England

Ovidian Bibliofictions and the Tudor Book: Metamorphosing Classical Heroines in Late Medieval and Renaissance England

1st Edition

By Lindsay Ann Reid
August 11, 2014

Ovidian Bibliofictions and the Tudor Book examines the historical and the fictionalized reception of Ovid’s poetry in the literature and books of Tudor England. It does so through the study of a particular set of Ovidian narratives-namely, those concerning the protean heroines of the Heroides and ...

Epistolary Community in Print, 1580–1664

Epistolary Community in Print, 1580–1664

1st Edition

By Diana G. Barnes
January 28, 2013

Epistolary Community in Print contends that the printed letter is an inherently sociable genre ideally suited to the theorisation of community in early modern England. In manual, prose or poetic form, printed letter collections make private matters public, and in so doing reveal, first how tenuous ...

Manuscript Miscellanies in Early Modern England

Manuscript Miscellanies in Early Modern England

1st Edition

By Joshua Eckhardt, Daniel Starza Smith
August 19, 2014

Perhaps more than any other kind of book, manuscript miscellanies require a complex and ’material’ reading strategy. This collection of essays engages the renewed and expanding interest in early modern English miscellanies, anthologies, and other compilations. Manuscript Miscellanies in Early ...

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