New Directions in Book History

Representations of Book Culture in Eighteenth-Century English Imaginative Writing

Authors: Maciulewicz, Joanna

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  • Explores the impact of the development of media technologies on social and cultural life: the anxieties caused by the transformation of Britain into literate society
    Examines the hopes and fears awoken by the popularisation of print
    Analyses the contribution of literary texts to the definition of modern authorship, the conceptualisation of reading, and the description of the roles patrons and booksellers as mediators between writers and readers 

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This book is a contribution to the new field of literary studies which is informed by book history and takes interest in the intersection of the ideal and material aspects of literature. It studies the ways eighteenth-century English novels, plays and poems illustrated the changes which the growth of literacy, the proliferation of writing and the emergence of print marketplace made in the social and cultural life of Britain and demonstrated the contingency of the emerging criticism on the technological and economic conditions of book production. The first part focusses on the representation of the tensions created by the emergence of literate society and on the hopes and fears awoken by the expansion of the cultural public sphere caused by the proliferation of print. The second part explores the contribution of literature to the shaping of the roles of authors, readers and patrons in the field of literary production.


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Joanna Maciulewicz is Assistant Professor at the Department of English Literature, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland.   

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-92609-4
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-92608-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Representations of Book Culture in Eighteenth-Century English Imaginative Writing
Authors
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
978-3-319-92609-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-92609-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-92608-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 288
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