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Studies in Ephemera: Text and Image in Eighteenth-Century Print

Studies in Ephemera: Text and Image in Eighteenth-Century Print

by Kevin Murphy
     
 

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Studies in Ephemera: Text and Image in Eighteenth-Century Print brings together established and emerging scholars of early modern print culture to explore the dynamic relationships between words and illustrations in a wide variety of popular cheap print from the seventeenth to the early nineteenth century. While ephemera was ubiquitous in the period, it is scarcely

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Studies in Ephemera: Text and Image in Eighteenth-Century Print brings together established and emerging scholars of early modern print culture to explore the dynamic relationships between words and illustrations in a wide variety of popular cheap print from the seventeenth to the early nineteenth century. While ephemera was ubiquitous in the period, it is scarcely visible to us now, because only a handful of the thousands of examples once in existence have been preserved. Nonetheless, single-sheet printed works, as well as pamphlets and chapbooks, constituted a central part of visual and literary culture, and were eagerly consumed by rich and poor alike in Great Britain, North America, and on the Continent. Displayed in homes, posted in taverns and other public spaces, or visible in shop windows on city streets, ephemeral works used sensational means to address themes of great topicality. The English broadside ballad, of central concern in this volume, grew out of oral culture; the genre addressed issues of nationality, history, gender and sexuality, economics, and more.

Richly illustrated and well researched, Studiesin Ephemera offers interdisciplinary perspectives into how ephemeral works reached their audiences through visual and textual means. It also includes essays that describe how collections of ephemera are categorized in digital and conventional archives, and how our understanding of these works is shaped by their organization into collections. This timely and fascinating book will appeal to archivists, and students and scholars in many fields, including art history, comparative literature, social and economic history, and English literature.

Contributors: Georgia Barnhill, Theodore Barrow, Tara Burk, Adam Fox, Alexandra Franklin, Patricia Fumerton, Paula McDowell, Kevin D. Murphy, Sally O’Driscoll, Ruth Perry

Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
This collection of essays contributes to a reassessment of eighteenth-century materials not intended to be preserved. The editors’ goal to 'bring a new scholarly vision and increased attention to ephemeral works' is achieved. . . .These essays survey rich resources which allow us to glimpse a world of rapid publishing and jobbing printing that rarely appear in surveys of eighteenth-century literature. As others have shown, such efforts are especially important when most national short-title catalogues and many digitized collections feature books, periodicals and pamphlets but exclude a vast terrain of items printed using a single sheet of paper.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611484953
Publisher:
Bucknell University Press
Publication date:
01/30/2013
Series:
Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650-1850
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NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
38 MB
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Meet the Author

Kevin D. Murphy is professor and executive officer in the Ph.D. Program in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of Jonathan Fisher of Blue Hill,Maine: Commerce, Culture, and Communityon the Eastern Frontier (2010), as well as articles on nineteenth- and twentieth century subjects in the Journal of theSociety of Architectural Historians, the Winterthur Portfolio, and the Journal ofUrban History.

Sally O’Driscoll is teaches English at Fairfield University. Her work on eighteenth-century literature and culture has appeared in such journals as Signs, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, and Eighteenth-Century: Theory andInterpretation.



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