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Reading, Society and Politics in Early Modern England

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Kevin Sharpe, Steven N. Zwicker, Seth Lerer, Richard Wendorf, Heidi Brayman Hackel, Kevin Sharpe, David Scott Kastan, Joad Raymond, Michael Shoenfeldt, Adrian Johns, Joseph Loewenstein, Kirsie M. McClure
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  • Date Published: September 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521168519

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  • This study ranges over private and public reading in a variety of religious, social, and scientific communities. It locates and charts specific historical moments of change in reading habits that reflect broader social and political shifts. Reputable contributors cover topics that include the processes of book production and distribution, audiences and markets, the material text, the relationship of print to performance, and the politics of acts of reception.

    • An interdisciplinary approach to readers and reading in early modern England
    • Ranges widely over subjects relating to religion, science and politics
    • Written by an international team of experts
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    "Many challenging claims for reading as an agent of change are made in this valuable collection." H-ALBION

    "A new volume of essays edited by those virtuosi of the form Kevin Sharpe and Steven N. Zwicker is bound to be a treat and indeed this collection does not disappoint." H-Net

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521168519
    • length: 374 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of contributors
    Introduction: discovering the Renaissance reader Kevin Sharpe and Steven N. Zwicker
    Part I. The Material Text:
    1. Errata: print, politics, and poetry in early modern England Seth Lerer
    2. Abandoning the capital in eighteenth-century London Richard Wendorf
    Part II. Reading as Politics:
    3. 'Boasting of silence': women readers and the patriarchal state Heidi Brayman Hackel
    4. Reading revelations: prophecy, hermeneutics and politics in early modern Britain Kevin Sharpe
    Part III. Print, Politics and Performance:
    5. Performances and playbooks: the closing of the theatres and the politics of drama David Scott Kastan
    6. Irrational, impractical and unprofitable: reading the news in seventeenth-century Britain Joad Raymond
    Part IV. Reading Physiologies:
    7. Reading bodies Michael Shoenfeldt
    8. Reading and experiment in the early Royal Society Adrian Johns
    Part V. Reading Texts in Time:
    9. Martial, Jonson and the assertion of plagiarism Joseph Loewenstein
    10. The constitution of opinion and the pacification of reading Steven N. Zwicker
    11. Cato's retreat: fabula, historia and the question of constitutionalism in Mr Locke's anonymous Essay on Government Kirsie M. McClure

  • Editors

    Kevin Sharpe, University of Warwick

    Steven N. Zwicker, Washington University, St Louis


    Kevin Sharpe, Steven N. Zwicker, Seth Lerer, Richard Wendorf, Heidi Brayman Hackel, Kevin Sharpe, David Scott Kastan, Joad Raymond, Michael Shoenfeldt, Adrian Johns, Joseph Loewenstein, Kirsie M. McClure

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