Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Book — 1 online resource (ix, 363 pages)
List of illustrations-- List of contributors-- Acknowledgements-- 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-- Index.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
This book ranges over private and public reading, and over a variety of religious, social, and scientific communities to locate acts of reading in specific historical moments from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. It also charts the changes in reading habits that reflect broader social and political shifts during the period. A team of expert contributors cover topics including the processes of book production and distribution, audiences and markets, the material text, the relation of print to performance, and the politics of acts of reception. In addition, the volume emphasises the independence of early modern readers and their role in making meaning in an age in which increased literacy equaled social enfranchisement and interpretation was power. Meaning was not simply an authorial act but the work of many hands and processes, from editing, printing, and proofing, to reproducing, distributing, and finally reading. (source: Nielsen Book Data)