Reading Material in Early Modern England: Print, Gender, and Literacy

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Cambridge University Press, 17.02.2005 - 322 Seiten
Reading Material in Early Modern England rediscovers the practices and representations of a wide range of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English readers. Heidi Brayman Hackel argues for a history of reading centred on the traces left by merchants and maidens, gentlewomen and servants, adolescents and matrons - precisely those readers whose entry into the print marketplace provoked debate and changed the definition of literacy. By telling their stories and insisting upon their variety, Brayman Hackel displaces both the singular 'ideal' reader of literacy theory and the elite male reader of literacy history. This interdisciplinary study draws upon portraiture, prefaces, marginalia, commonplace books, inventories, diaries, letters and literature (Spenser, Shakespeare, Sidney, Greene, Dekker, Lyly, Jonson and others). A contribution to literary studies, the history of the book, cultural history and feminist criticism, this accessible book will also appeal to readers interested in our continuing engagement with print and the evolution of reading material.
 

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Towards a material history of reading
1
Impressions from a scribbling age Gestures and habits of reading
17
Framing gentle readers in preliminaries and margins
69
Noting readers of the Arcadia in marginalia and commonplace books
137
Consuming readers Ladies lapdogs and libraries
196
Epilogue
256
A Catalogue of my Ladies Bookes at London The Countess of Bridgewaters London library
258
Bibliography
282
Index
316
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Heidi Brayman Hackel is Assistant Professor of English at Oregon State University and author of several essays on early modern readers, literacy, and libraries.

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