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In this provocative work, Roger Chartier continues his extraordinarily influential consideration of the forms of production, dissemination, and interpretation of discourse in Early Modern Europe. Chartier here examines the relationship between patronage and the market, and explores how the form in which a text is transmitted not only constrains the production of meaning but defines and constructs its audience.
"Drawing on a wide variety of evidence, including inventories of the costumes, program notes, and contemporary correspondence, Chartier provides a wonderfully rich account of what the performances meant."—Robert Darnton, New York Review of Books
|Ch. 1||Representations of the Written Word||6|
|Ch. 2||Princely Patronage and the Economy of Dedication||25|
|Ch. 3||From Court Festivity to City Spectators||43|
|Ch. 4||Popular Appropriation: The Readers and Their Books||83|
Posted May 30, 2000
The chapters dedicated to the study of Georges Dandin constitutes a seminal example of how histoire du livre scholarship can be employed to illuminate the interpretation of literary texts. Much has been discussed in recent years about how the study of past modes of reading can be used to investigate the history of a particular text's receptions, which many imagined would be quite different from modern appraisals, but this is the first concrete study of one particular dramatic text in different contemporary milieus: performance before the court, performance in Paris, and on the printed page. If the project of a 'sociology of the text' prospers in years to come, this book will become a classic of the field.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.