Book History has emerged as one of the most exciting new interdisciplinary fields of study in the humanities. By focusing on the production, circulation and reception of the book in all its forms, it has transformed the study of history, literature and culture. From debates in textual scholarship to current discussions about digital media and the future of the book, The Broadview Reader in Book History provides a clear overview of this diverse field. It is the most complete and current introduction available, and will be an essential resource for readers interested in the production, circulation and reception of books in all their forms, past, present and future.
The reader reprints edited versions of key essays in the field, grouped conceptually and provided with headnotes, explanatory footnotes, an introduction, a chronology and a glossary of terms.
"A varied collection that demonstrates the conceptual reach as well as the disciplinary range of book history. Particularly timely is the editors' emphasis on connecting the history of the book to cognate fields such as media studies and digital humanities." -- Leah Price, Harvard University "Though the essays in The Broadview Reader in Book History, along with the appended glossary, timeline, and bibliography, effectively cover the breadth and depth of book history, they do not aim to provide a history of that movement. Rather, what sets this collection apart from others like it is the editors' emphasis on theory and new media, which makes it an ideal guide to the state of the art at the moment and to the paths that may be open for the future." -- H. J. Jackson, University of Toronto, author of Marginalia (Yale UP, 2001) and Romantic Readers (Yale UP, 2005) "What makes the [Broadview Reader in Book History] such a success, and what its editors are to be lauded for, aside from the selection of essays, is the attention to detail that has gone into the book's production. The Reader does not just reprint the essays but displays a large and well considered amount of editorial support. The introduction announces each theme and some of the discussions readers can expect to encounter. Each essay begins with an introduction to the author and provides context to the essay's production, reception and influence." -- Robert L. Betteridge, The Journal of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 550
Published: 23rd October 2014
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 4.4
Weight (kg): 0.88