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Agent of Change : Print Culture Studies After Elizabeth L. Eisenstein - Sabrina Alcorn Baron

Agent of Change

Print Culture Studies After Elizabeth L. Eisenstein

By: Sabrina Alcorn Baron (Editor), Eric N. Lindquist (Editor), Eleanor F. Shevlin (Editor)

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Published: 20th July 2007
For Ages: 22+ years old
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Inspiring debate since the early days of its publication, Elizabeth L. Eisenstein's The Printing Press as an Agent of Change: Communications and Cultural Transformations in Early-Modern Europe (1979) has exercised its own force as an agent of change in the world of scholarship. Its path-breaking agenda has played a central role in shaping the study of print culture and "book history" -- fields of inquiry that rank among the most exciting and vital areas of scholarly endeavor in recent years.

Joining together leading voices in the field of print scholarship, this collection of twenty essays affirms the catalytic properties of Eisenstein's study as a stimulus to further inquiry across geographic, temporal, and disciplinary boundaries. From early modern marginalia to the use of architectural title pages in Renaissance books, from the press in Spanish colonial America to print in the Islamic world, from the role of the printed word in nation-building to changing histories of reading in the electronic age, this book addresses the legacy of Eisenstein's work in print culture studies today as it suggests future directions for the field.

In addition to a conversation with Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, the book includes contributions by Peng Hwa Ang, Margaret Aston, Tony Ballantyne, Vivek Bhandari, Ann Blair, Barbara A. Brannon, Roger Chartier, Kai-wing Chow, James A. Dewar, Robert A. Gross, David Scott Kastan, Harold Love, Paula McDowell, Jane McRae, Jean-Dominique Mellot, Antonio Rodr'guez-Buckingham, Geoffrey Roper, William H. Sherman, Peter Stallybrass, H. Arthur Williamson, and Calhoun Winton.

"There is no question that Elizabeth Eisenstein deserves a book like this. The contributors all testify to her seminal influence on the field of book history, and their essays are exceptionally well crafted and intriguing." - Jonathan E. Rose, Drew University "This collection of essays is one of the most important of its kind. The contributions are consistently of very high quality and exhibit a range that is wonderfully engaging.... Agent of Change would make a terrific reader for a graduate seminar in book history." - Michael F. Suarez, SJ, Fordham University and Campion Hall, Oxford"

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Agents, Agency, and Print in Early Modern Europe
Introductionp. 13
Errata Lists and the Reader as Correctorp. 21
Counterfeit Printing as an Agent of Diffusion and Change: The French Book-Privilege System and Its Contradictions (1498-1790)p. 42
On the Threshold: Architecture, Paratext, and Early Print Culturep. 67
Moving Pictures: Foxes Martyrs and Little Giddingp. 82
Humphrey Moseley and the Invention of English Literaturep. 105
"On the Behalf of the Printers": A Late Stuart Printer-Author and Her Causesp. 125
Fixity versus Flexibility in "A Song on Tom of Danby" and Dryden's Absalom and Achitophelp. 140
Exchange, Agency, and Adaptation in the Cosmopolitan World of Print
Introductionp. 157
Reinventing Gutenberg: Woodblock and Movable-Type Printing in Europe and Chinap. 169
Scotland: International Politics, International Pressp. 193
Change and the Printing Press in Sixteenth-Century Spanish Americap. 216
The Southern Printer as Agent of Change in the American Revolutionp. 238
The Printing Press and Change in the Arab Worldp. 250
Print and the Emergence of Multiple Publics in Nineteenth-Century Punjabp. 268
"Ki nga pito e wha o te ao nei" (To the four corners of this world): Maori Publishing and Writing for Nineteenth-Century Maori-Language Newspapersp. 287
Agency, Technology, and the New Global Media Revolution
Introductionp. 301
"Little Jobs": Broadsides and the Printing Revolutionp. 315
What Difference Does Colonialism Make?: Reassessing Print and Social Change in an Age of Global Imperialismp. 342
The Laser Printer as an Agent of Change: Fixity and Fluxion in the Digital Agep. 353
The Cultural Consequences of Printing and the Internetp. 365
Seeing the World in Printp. 378
The Printing Revolution: A Reappraisalp. 397
A Conversation with Elizabeth L. Eisensteinp. 409
Publications/Elizabeth L. Eisensteinp. 421
Reviews of The Printing Press as an Agent of Changep. 426
Notes on Contributorsp. 431
Indexp. 437
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ISBN: 9781558495937
ISBN-10: 1558495932
Series: Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 20th July 2007
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.66