Printing and Book Culture in Late Imperial China / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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- University of California Press
Despite the importance of books and the written word in Chinese society, the history of the book in China is a topic that has been little explored. This pioneering volume of essays, written by historians, art historians, and literary scholars, introduces the major issues in the social and cultural history of the book in late imperial China.
Informed by many insights from the rich literature on the history of the Western book, these essays investigate the relationship between the manuscript and print culture; the emergence of urban and rural publishing centers; the expanding audience for books; the development of niche markets and specialized publishing of fiction, drama, non-Han texts, and genealogies; and more.
About the Author
Cynthia J. Brokaw is Associate Professor of History at Ohio State University and author of The Ledgers of Merit and Demerit: Social Change and Moral Order in Late Imperial China (1991). Kai-wing Chow is Professor of History and of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and author of The Rise of Confucian Ritualism in Late Imperial China: Ethics, Classics, and Lineage Discourse (1994) and Publishing, Culture, and Power in Early Modern China (2004).
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations and TablesAcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsPART I: INTRODUCTION 1. On the History of the Book in ChinaCynthia J. Brokaw 2. The Ascendance of the Imprint in ChinaJoseph McDermott PART II: COMMERCIAL PUBLISHING AND THE EXPANDING MARKET FOR BOOKS 3. Of Three Mountains Street: The Commercial Publishers of Ming NanjingLucille Chia 4. Constructing New Reading Publics in Late Ming ChinaAnne E. McLaren 5. Reading the Best-Sellers of the Nineteenth Century: Commercial Publications from SibaoCynthia J. Brokaw PART III: PUBLISHING FOR SPECIALIZED AUDIENCES 6. Niche Marketing for Late Imperial Chinese FictionRobert E. Hegel 7. Printing as Performance: Literati Playwright-Publishers of the Late MingKatherine Carlitz8. Qing Publishing in Non-Han LanguagesEvelyn S. Rawski 9. “Preserving the Bonds of Kin”: Genealogy Masters and Genealogy Production in the Jiangsu-Zhejiang Area in the Qing and Republican PeriodsXu Xiaoman PART IV: THE BOOK AS A VISUAL MEDIUM 10. Visual Hermeneutics and the Act of Turning the Leaf: A Genealogy of Liu Yuan’s Lingyan geAnne Burkus-Chasson 11. Didactic Illustrations in Printed Books: Choice and ConsequenceJulia K. Murray GlossaryWorks CitedContributors