Perspectives on American Book History: Artifacts and Commentary / Edition 1

Perspectives on American Book History: Artifacts and Commentary / Edition 1

by Scott E. Casper, Joanne D. Chaison
     
 

ISBN-10: 1558493174

ISBN-13: 9781558493179

Pub. Date: 05/15/2002

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

A collection of primary source materials and original essays, Perspectives on American Book History is the first text designed for the growing number of courses in American print culture, as well as a unique supplement for courses in American literature and history. It seeks to fill the void that has developed as the expanding history of the book has moved out…  See more details below

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A collection of primary source materials and original essays, Perspectives on American Book History is the first text designed for the growing number of courses in American print culture, as well as a unique supplement for courses in American literature and history. It seeks to fill the void that has developed as the expanding history of the book has moved out of the archive and scholarly journal and into the classroom. The volume includes an introductory essay by Robert A. Gross, chair of the program in the history of the book at the American Antiquarian Society, fourteen chapters composed of primary artifacts and original essays by rising scholars in the field, and an annotated bibliography of research sources.

Chapters trace topics in American print culture from Puritan New England to the future of newspapers in a digital age. The artifacts and documents, most of which have never before been anthologized, include excerpts from readers' diaries, accounts of the printing and publishing trades, materials from the alternative press, commentaries on authorship and reading, and visual images. The essays place these primary source materials in their historical, literary, and political contexts and model the ways students might approach them.

The volume is accompanied by a CD-ROM image archive, which includes nearly 200 digital images, captioned and keyed to the different chapters. Easily read with standard browsers, the CD-ROM allows access to otherwise scarce materials and vividly assists students in learning how book history is hands-on history.

In addition to the editors and Robert A. Gross, the contributors are Nancy Cook, Patricia Crain, Ann Fabian, Alice Fahs, Ellen Gruber Garvey, Jen A. Huntley-Smith, Charles Johanningsmeier, Jill Lepore, Russell L. Martin, Trysh Travis, Glenn Wallach, and Susan S. Williams.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558493179
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
05/15/2002
Series:
Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book
Edition description:
BK&CD-ROM
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
528,220
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Texts for the Times: An Introduction to Book History1
2Literacy and Reading in Puritan New England17
3Print and Everyday Life in the Eighteenth Century47
4Publishing the American Revolution79
5The Book Trade Transformed109
6Antebellum Reading Prescribed and Described135
7Publishing an Emergent "American" Literature165
8Northern and Southern Worlds of Print195
9Reshaping Publishing and Authorship in the Gilded Age223
10Print Cultures in the American West255
11Laboring Classes, New Readers, and Print Cultures285
12The Industrialization and Nationalization of American Periodical Publishing311
13Print and the Creation of Middlebrow Culture339
14Out of the Mainstream and into the Streets: Small Press Magazines, the Underground Press, Zines, and Artists' Books367
15Newspapers since 1945403
16The Once and Future Book435
17Resources for Studying American Book History: A Selective, Annotated Bibliography441
Contributors459

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