The Broadview Reader in Book History
  • Publication Date: October 23, 2014
  • ISBN: 9781554810888 / 1554810884
  • 648 pages; 6" x 9"

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The Broadview Reader in Book History

  • Publication Date: October 23, 2014
  • ISBN: 9781554810888 / 1554810884
  • 648 pages; 6" x 9"

This book can be purchased on its own or in a discounted package with The Broadview Introduction to Book History.

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. The Broadview Book History Reader is the most complete and up-to-date introduction available to this area of study.

The reader reprints 33 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

“These sections [of the book] combine to provide readers with a surprisingly comprehensive understanding of the nuances of book creation and interpretation, how those things have changed, and their potential cultural impact. Each section is dense with information, each essay both answering and raising enough questions to inspire several fundamentally different possible graduate thesis studies.” — Jaidree Braddix, Publishing Research Quarterly

The History of the Book: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

Chapter 1: Materiality

  1. W.W. Greg, “What Is Bibliography?” (1914)
  2. Lucien Febvre and Henri-Jean Martin, “The Book: Its Visual Appearance” (1976)
  3. Michael Twyman, “What Is Printing?” (1998)
  4. D.F. McKenzie, “The Dialectics of Bibliography Now” (1986)
  5. Paul C. Gutjahr and Megan L. Benton, “Reading the Invisible” (2001)
  6. Roger Chartier, “The Press and Fonts: Don Quixote in the Print Shop” (2007)
  7. Robert Darnton, “Bibliography and Iconography” (2010)

Chapter 2: Textuality

  1. Jerome J. McGann, “Shall These Bones Live?” (1985)
  2. W.W. Greg, “The Rationale of Copy-Text” (1950–51)
  3. G. Thomas Tanselle, “The Editorial Problem of Final Authorial Intention” (1976)
  4. S.M. Parrish, “The Whig Interpretation of Literature” (1988)
  5. Jack Stillinger, “A Practical Theory of Versions” (1994)
  6. Brenda R. Silver, “Textual Criticism as Feminist Practice: Or, Who’s Afraid of Virginia
    Woolf Part II” (1991)
  7. Beth A. McCoy, “Race and the (Para)Textual Condition” (2006)

Chapter 3: Printing and Reading

  1. Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, “The Unacknowledged Revolution” (1979)
  2. Robert Darnton, “What Is the History of Books?” (1990)
  3. Roger Chartier, “Communities of Readers” (1994)
  4. Adrian Johns, “Introduction: The Book of Nature and the Nature of the Book” (1998)
  5. James Raven, “Markets and Martyrs: Early Modern Commerce” (2007)
  6. Jonathan Rose, “The Welsh Miners’ Libraries” (2001)

Chapter 4: Intermediality

  1. Pierre Bourdieu, “The Field of Cultural Production, or: The Economic World
    Reversed” (1993)
  2. David Scott Kastan, “From Playhouse to Printing House; or, Making a Good Impression”
  3. Margaret J.M. Ezell, “The Social Author: Manuscript Culture, Writers, and Readers”
  4. Paula McDowell, “Towards a Genealogy of ‘Print Culture’ and ‘Oral Tradition’”
  5. Matt Cohen, “Native Audiences” (2010)
  6. Meredith McGill, “Circulating Media: Charles Dickens, Reprinting, and Dislocation of
    American Culture” (2003)

Chapter 5: Remediating

  1. Jerome J. McGann, “The Rationale of Hypertext” (2001)
  2. Ray Siemens, Meagan Timney, Cara Leitch, Corina Koolen, and Alex Garnett,
    “Toward Modeling the Social Edition: An Approach to Understanding
    the Electronic Scholarly Edition in the Context of New and Emerging Social Media”
  3. N. Katherine Hayles, “How We Read: Close, Hyper, Machine” (2010)
  4. Andrew Piper, “Turning the Page (Roaming, Zooming, Streaming)” (2012)
  5. Franco Moretti, “Style, Inc. Reflections on Seven Thousand Titles
    (British Novels, 1740–1850)” (2013)
  6. Ted Striphas, “E-Books and the Digital Future” (2009)
  7. Anthony Grafton, “Codex in Crisis: The Book Dematerializes” (2009)

Further Reading
Permissions Acknowledgments

Michelle Levy is Associate Professor of English at Simon Fraser University.

Tom Mole is Reader in English Literature and Director of the Centre for the History of the Book at the University of Edinburgh.

  • — 33 key essays in the field
  • — Organized conceptually rather than chronologically
  • — Connects book history to theory, media studies and digital humanities
  • — Headnotes for each essay foreground issues and themes, provide biographical and historical contexts, and highlight connections to other essays in the volume
  • — Essays are fully annotated with explanatory footnotes
  • — Detailed glossary of Book History terminology
  • — Chronology of book history
  • — Bibliography for further reading

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