2nd Edition

The Book History Reader

Edited By David Finkelstein, Alistair McCleery Copyright 2007
    576 Pages
    by Routledge

    576 Pages
    by Routledge

    Following on from the widely successful first volume, this second edition has been updated and expanded to create an essential collection of writings examining different aspects of the history of books and print culture.

    Arranged in thematic sections, bringing together a wide range of contributors, and featuring introductions to each section, this new edition:

    • contains more extracts covering issues of gender, material culture and bibliographical matters
    • has a brand new section on the future of the book in the electronic age
    • examines different aspects of book history including: the development of the book, spoken words to written texts, the commodifcation of books, and the power and profile of readers.

    This pioneering book is a vital resource for all those involved in publishing studies, library studies, book history and also those studying English literature, cultural studies, sociology and history.

    Preface Acknowledgements 1 David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery Introduction PART ONE What is book history? editors’ introduction 2 Robert Darnton what is the history of books? 3 Fredson Bowers Bibliography, Pure Bibliography and Literary Studies 4 D. F. McKenzie the book as an expressive form 5 Thomas R. Adams and Nicolas Barker A new mdel for the study of the book 6 Jerome McGann the socialization of texts 7 Harold Love Early modern print culture: assessing the models 8 Roger Chartier Labourers and Voyagers: from the text to the reader 9 Pierre Bourdieu the field of cultural production PART TWO The impact of print editors’ introduction 10 Scott B. Noegel Text, Script, and Media: New Observations on Scribal Activity in the Ancient Near East 11 Walter Ong orality and literacy: writing restructures consciousness 12 Marcel Thomas Manuscript 13 Roger Chartier the practical impact of writing 14 Jan-Dirk Müller the body of the book: the media transition from manuscript to print 15 C.A. Bayly The Indian ecumene: an indigenous public sphere 16 D. F. McKenzie the sociology of a text: orality, literacy and print in early new zealand 17 Elizabeth Eisenstein defining the initial shift: some features of print culture 18 Adrian Johns the book of nature and the nature of the book PART THREE Texts and authors editors’ introduction 19 Roland Barthes the death of the author 20 Michel Foucault what is an author? 21 Paula McDowell Oral Religio-Political Activism and Textual Production 22 Mark Rose literary property determined 23 John Brewer authors, publishers and the making of literary culture 24 Leah Price Cultures of the Commonplace 25 Jane Tompkins masterpiece theater: the politics of hawthorne’s literary reputation 26 John Sutherland the victorian novelists: who were they? 27 Robert L. Patten When is a book not a book? 28 James L.W. West III the magazine market 29 Jayne Marek Toward International Cooperation: The Literary Editing of H.D. and Bryher PART FOUR Texts and readers editors’ introduction 30 Wolfgang Iser interaction between text and reader 31 E. Jennifer Monaghan literacy instruction and gender in colonial new england 32 Kate Flint reading practices 33 Jonathan Rose rereading the english common reader: a preface to a history of audiences 34 Richard Altick the english common reader: from caxton to the eighteenth century 35 Stanley Fish interpreting the variorum 36 Elizabeth McHenry Forgotten Readers: Recovering the Lost History of African American Literary Societies 37 Janice Radway a feeling for books: the book-of-the-month club, literarytaste and middle-class desire PART FIVE The future of the book Editors’ Introduction 38 Mark Poster The Digital Subject and Cultural Theory 39 Paul Duguid Material matters: the Past and futurology of the Book 40 Geoffrey Nunberg Farewell to the Information Age Bibliography Index,


    David Finkelstein is Research Professor of Media and Print Culture at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. He is author of The House of Blackwood: Author–Publisher Relations in the Victorian Era and co-author (with Alistair McCleery) of An Introduction to Book History.

    Alistair McCleery is Professor of Literature and Culture at Napier University, Edinburgh, and Director of the Scottish Centre for the Book. He is co-editor of The Bibliotheck.