Literary Cultures and the Material Book

Edited by Simon Eliot, Andrew Nash, and Ian Willison

Literary Cultures and the Material Book
Bookmark and Share

Edited by Simon Eliot, Andrew Nash, and Ian Willison

Distributed for British Library

448 pages | 55 halftones | 6 x 9
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9780712306843 Published October 2007 For sale in North and South America only
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.
For more information, or to order this book, please visit http://www.press.uchicago.edu
Google preview here

Chicago Manual of Style |

RSS Feed

RSS feed of the latest books from British Library. RSS Feed