Literary Cultures And The Material Book

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $26.00
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 67%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (3) from $26.00   
  • Used (3) from $26.00   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2006

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Like New
Like New 2007. First Edition. Hardback. Dust Jacket. Hardcover. Fine. Dust jacket is fine.

Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:


Condition: Very Good
2007 Hardcover Very good Slightly off-mint condition, but new unread copy. Orders are shipped from our UK warehouse next working day. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping ... from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

Ships from: Newton Abbot, United Kingdom

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:


Condition: Like New
London 2007 Hardcover As New in Very Good jacket Used First edition. Hardcover. Dust jacket has some superficial scores and scuffs. Minor score on foot of page block. Pages are ... clean and tight throughout. T. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

Ships from: Abingdon-on-Thames, United Kingdom

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


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.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

Simon Eliot is professor of the history of the book in the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. He is editor of the journal Publishing History and coeditor of The Blackwell Companion to the History of the Book.

Andrew Nash is a lecturer in English literature at the University of Reading and editor of The Culture of Collected Editions.

Ian Willison is a senior research fellow in the Institute of English Studies at the University of London and is one of the general editors of the Cambridge History of the Book in Britain.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of illustrations     viii
List of contributors     xi
Preface   Robert Darnton     xvi
Acknowledgements     xix
Introduction   Simon Eliot   Andrew Nash   Ian Willison     1
Some material factors in literary culture 2500BCE-1900CE   Simon Eliot     31
Non-Western Traditions of the Book
A thousand years of printed narrative in China   Glen Dudbridge     53
Marketing the Tale of Genji in seventeenth-century Japan   Peter Kornicki     65
Literary culture and manuscript culture in precolonial India   Sheldon Pollock     77
The Shahnama and the Persian illustrated book   Robert Hillenbrand     95
Towards a history of the book and literary culture in Africa   Isabel Hofmeyr     121
The Western Book in History
Epic, diffusion and identity   Christopher Carey     133
Carolingian manuscript culture and the making of the literary culture of the Middle Ages   David Ganz     147
Petrarca philobiblon: the author and his books   Nicholas Mann     159
The diffusion of literature in Renaissance Italy: the case of Pietro Bembo   Brian Richardson     175
From literary almanacs to'thick journals': the emergence of a readership for Russian literature, 1820s-1840s   Abram Reitblat   Christine Thomas     191
Language Empires
Literary consequences of the peripheral nature of Spanish printing in the sixteenth century   Clive Griffin     207
The conflicts of the canon: printing and literary culture during the Spanish Enlightenment   Maria Luisa Lopez-Vidriero     215
The book and Naturalism in Spain, Portugal and Latin America   Jean-Francois Botrel     231
Friedrich Nicolai: creator of the German republic of letters   Bernhard Fabian     241
The German language and book trade in Europe: cultural transfers and collective identity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries   Frederic Barbier     253
France between literary culture and mass culture: seventeenth to twentieth centuries   Jean-Yves Mollier     269
Publishing and literature in the French-speaking world: the cultural hegemony of the centre and the creative role of the periphery   Francois Vallotton     281
Jacques Hebert: foremost publisher of the Quiet Revolution   Jacques Michon     297
The Anglophone Tradition
Creating an English literary canon, 1679-1720: Jacob Tonson, Dryden and Congreve   John Barnard     307
Literary culture and literary publishing in inter-war Britain: a view from Chatto & Windus   Andrew Nash     323
'The elixir of life': Richard Garnett, the British Museum Library and literary London   Richard Landon     343
The tradition of A. W. Pollard and the world of literary scholarship   Stephen Bury     355
'In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book?'   Michael Winship     367
From Methodist literary culture to Canadian literary culture: the United Church Publishing House/the Ryerson Press, 1829-1970   Janet B. Friskney     379
'The centennial racket': J. C. Beaglehole, nationalism and the 1940 New Zealand centennial publications   Sydney J. Shep     387
'Heaven forbid that I should think of treating with an English publisher': the dilemma of literary nationalists in federated Australia   John Barnes     399
Perspectives for an international history of the book   David McKitterick     413
Index     431
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)