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Cheap print in Britain and Ireland to 1660

Cheap print in Britain and Ireland to 1660

Raymond, Joad

From the early 16th century through to the later 17th, governments, institutions, and individuals learned to use cheaply-produced printed texts to inform, entertain, and persuade. This collection of essays examines the developing role of popular printed texts in the first two centuries of print in Britain and Ireland

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Joad Raymond
ISBN: 019928704X, 9780199287048
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xxix, 672 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Series: The Oxford history of popular print culture ; v. 1
Subject: Popular literature Great Britain History and criticism.; Publishers and publishing Great Britain History 16th century.; Grey literature Great Britain History 16th century.; Printing Great Britain History 17th century.; Media Studies.; Grey literature Great Britain History 17th century.; Books and reading Great Britain History 17th century.; Printing; Publishers and publishing Great Britain History 17th century.; 17th Century; Books and reading Great Britain History 16th century.; 16th Century; Great Britain; Publishing; Books; Printing Great Britain History 16th century.
Alternative Title: Oxford history of popular print culture
Series Title: Oxford history of popular print culture ; v. 1.

Contents

  1. PREFACE
  2. LIST OF TABLES
  3. LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
  4. NOTES ON CONVENTIONS
  5. NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
  6. CHRONOLOGY
  7. 1. Introduction: the origins of popular print culture
  8. PART ONE: HISTORICAL CONTEXTS
  9. 2. England and Wales
  10. 3. Scotland
  11. 4. Ireland
  12. 5. Popular, Plebeian, Culture: Historical Definitions
  13. 6. The Development of the Book Trade in Britain
  14. 7. Printing, Learning and the Unlearned
  15. 8. Popular Literacy and Society
  16. 9. Reading Strategies
  17. 10. Oral Culture and Popular Print
  18. 11. Manuscript Culture and Popular Print
  19. 12. Libel
  20. 13. The Social Life of Books
  21. PART TWO: SOME INTERNATIONAL COMPARISONS
  22. 14. France and Spain
  23. 15. Italy
  24. 16. The Netherlands
  25. 17. Germany
  26. PART THREE: THEMES
  27. 18. Religion and Cheap Print
  28. 19. Rhetoric
  29. 20. Political Argument
  30. 21. Images, Representation, and Counter-Representation
  31. 22. Women and Print
  32. 23. London
  33. 24. Parliament and the Press
  34. 25. War
  35. PART FOUR: FORMS AND GENRES
  36. 26. Ballads and Broadsides
  37. 27. Romance
  38. 28. News
  39. 29. Science
  40. 30. Popular Medical Writing
  41. 31. Almanacs and Prognostications
  42. 32. Popular History
  43. 33. Pamphlets
  44. 34. Chapbooks
  45. 35. Sermons, Primers, and Prayer Books
  46. 36. Popular Didactic Literature
  47. 37. Playbooks
  48. PART FIVE: CASE STUDIES
  49. 38. 1535
  50. 39. 1553
  51. 40. 1588-9
  52. 41. 1603
  53. 42. 1625
  54. 43. 1641
  55. 44. 1649
  56. 45. 1660
  57. BIBLIOGRAPHY

Author note

Joad Raymond is Professor of English Literature at the University of East Anglia. His work explores early newspapers, politics, religion, and literary history, and the connections between these. Previous books include The Invention of the Newspaper (OUP, 1996), Pamphlets and Pamphleteering in Early Modern Britain (CUP, 2003), Milton's Angels: The Early Modern Imagination (OUP, 2010) and various essays and edited books. He is presently editing Milton's Latin Defences

for The Oxford Complete Works of John Milton, and also working on a project investigating early-modern international news networks.

Description

What did most people read? Where did they get it? Where did it come from? What were its uses in its readers' lives? How was it produced and distributed? What were its relations to the wider world of print culture? How did it develop over time? These questions are central toThe Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, an ambitious nine-volume series devoted to the exploration of popular print culture in English from the beginning of the sixteenth century to

the present.

Between the beginning of the sixteenth century and the later seventeenth, governments, institutions and individuals learned to use inexpensively-produced printed texts to inform, entertain, and persuade. Cheap print quickly became rooted in British and Irish culture, both elite and popular. This substantial and authoritative collection of essays - the first of its kind - examines the developing role of popular printed texts in the first two centuries of print in Britain and Ireland. Its

forty-five chapters (with sixty-six illustrations) look at a broad range of historical and social contexts, at comparisons with other European countries, at the variety of content and themes in cheap printed texts, the forms and genres that developed with and were used by cheap print, and concludes with a

series of case studies exploring the role of print in particular years. The book takes none of these terms - Popular, Print, Culture - for granted, but interrogates each of them with a rich, contoured picture of the relationship between a popular readership, the materiality of books, the economy of the book trade, and political and cultural history. Its forty-two contributors come from different disciplines and with expertise in fields from political and book history, through visual and

material culture, to rhetoric and literature. These contributors do not all agree on definitions, or on the history that underlies them, but instead establish the ground for future debates and examinations of the role of cheap print in early-modern Britain.

Reviews

the work is richly illustrated with photographs of all sorts of early modern documents that help bring the discussions home to us. The book (like the series of which it is part) is something we would expect every major university library to buy, and for students of popular culture, print culture, and popular print culture to make much use of.
Jonathan Roper, Folklore||a sophisticated, balanced overview of the current state of research into the social, cultural and political role popular print played in early modern Britain ... it will prove to be indispensible for scholars researching the cultural history of this period, as well as for librarians whose role it is to preserve these ephemeral relics of the past for future generations.
Erika Delbecque, University of Surrey||the very considerable range of contemporary printed sources deployed here is testimony to the contributors and their subject alike.
David McKitterick, Library and Information History||Popular culture is proverbially evanescent, so attempting to grasp the ephemera of an earlier age is a difficult task ... It is this vanished world that this impressive and authoritative volume, the first in the Oxford History of Popular Print Culture and the first of its kind, aims to recover ... [The] diversity is one of the book's major strengths, allowing the topic to be pursued across multiple different genres and critical perspectives.
Harriet Phillips, Cambridge Quarterly