New Directions in Book History

Reading Books and Prints as Cultural Objects

Editors: Stead, Evanghelia (Ed.)

  • Promotes constructive dialogue between disciplines such as literature and comparative literature, history, history of art, media, book and cultural studies
  • Furnishes an historical analysis of books and prints in cultural history by demonstrating how textual, visual, and cognitive skills combine with imaginary trends and patterns
  • Looks at the way cultural trends shape readings of books and prints
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About this book

This book contributes significantly to book, image and media studies from an interdisciplinary, comparative point of view. Its broad perspective spans medieval manuscripts to e-readers. Inventive methodology offers numerous insights into visual, manuscript and print culture: material objects relate to meaning and reading processes; images and texts are examined in varied associations; the symbolic, representational and cultural agency of books and prints is brought forward.

An introduction substantiates methods and approaches, ten chapters follow along media lines: from manuscripts to prints, printed books, and e-readers. Eleven contributors from six countries challenge the idea of a unified field, revealing the role of books and prints in transformation and circulation between varying cultural trends, ‘high’ and ‘low’. Mostly Europe-based, the collection offers book and print professionals, academics and graduates, models for future research, imaginatively combining material culture with archival data, cultural and reading theories with historical patterns. 

About the authors

Evanghelia Stead is Fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France and Comparative Literature Professor at the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin (UVSQ), France. She runs the TIGRE seminar at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France. She has published extensively on print culture, iconography, reception, myth, the fin-de-siècle, and the ‘Thousand and Second Night’ literary tradition.

Reviews

“Rather than ask the old questions, ‘what is a book’ or ‘what is a print’, Stead and her collaborators want to know: what has been the use of this text-bearing object? What does it do? Applying those queries to all manner of media – made, found, used, and re-purposed – this new approach dissolves (and complicates) the distinction between the material and textual aspects of what we read, and encourages methodologies that cross the boundaries of discipline.” (Leslie Howsam, Emerita Distinguished University Professor, University of Windsor, Canada)

“This volume is both original and useful.  Whilst each of the essays in and of itself offers new research, the volume taken as a whole is a substantial contribution to book, image, and media history.  It deliberately disrupts the idea of a unified field, demonstrating how both books and prints (sometimes combined within the same volume) act as agents between cultures.” (Kate Flint, Provost Professor of Art History and English, University of Southern California, USA)

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eBook 74,96 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-53832-7
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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Hardcover 96,29 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-53831-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reading Books and Prints as Cultural Objects
Editors
  • Evanghelia Stead
Series Title
New Directions in Book History
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-53832-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-53832-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-53831-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 317
Number of Illustrations and Tables
31 b/w illustrations
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