The Elizabethan top ten : defining print popularity in Early Modern England
- edited by Andy Kesson and Emma Smith.
- Surry, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2013.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource.
- Material readings in early modern culture.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Contents: Introduction: towards a definition of print popularity, Andy Kesson and Emma Smith--
- Part 1 Methodologies: What is print popularity? A map of the Elizabethan book trade, Alan B. Farmer and Zachary Lesser-- `O read me for I am of great antiquity': old books and Elizabethan popularity, Lucy Munro-- `Rare poems ask rare friends': popularity and collecting in Elizabethan England, Helen Smith-- Shakespeare's popularity and the origins of the canon, Neil Rhodes.
- Part 2 The Elizabethan Top Ten: Almanacs and ideas of popularity, Adam Smyth-- Print, popularity and the Book of Common Prayer, Brian Cummings-- International news pamphlets, S.K. Barker-- Spenser's popular intertexts, Abigail Shinn-- Household manuals, Catherine Richardson-- Damask papers, Juliet Fleming-- Sermons, Lori Anne Ferrell-- The psalm book, Beth Quitslund-- Serial publication and romance, Louise Wilson-- Mucedorus, Peter Kirwan-- Bibliography-- Index.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Engaging with histories of the book and of reading, as well as with studies of material culture, this volume explores `popularity' in early modern English writings. Is `popular' best described as a theoretical or an empirical category in this period? How can we account for the gap between modern canonicity and early modern print popularity? How might we weight the evidence of popularity from citations, serial editions, print runs, reworkings, or extant copies? Is something that sells a lot always popular, even where the readership for print is only a small proportion of the population, or does popular need to carry something of its etymological sense of the public, the people? Four initial chapters sketch out the conceptual and evidential issues, while the second part of the book consists of ten short chapters-a `hit parade'- in which eminent scholars take a genre or a single exemplar - play, romance, sermon, or almanac, among other categories-as a means to articulate more general issues. Throughout, the aim is to unpack and interrogate assumptions about the popular, and to decentre canonical narratives about, for example, the sermons of Donne or Andrewes over Smith, or the plays of Shakespeare over Mucedorus. Revisiting Elizabethan literary culture through the lenses of popularity, this collection allows us to view the subject from an unfamiliar angle-in which almanacs are more popular than sonnets and proclamations more numerous than plays, and in which authors familiar to us are displaced by names now often forgotten.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- English literature > Early modern, 1500-1700 > History and criticism.
- Popular literature > England > History and criticism.
- Popular culture and literature > Great Britain > History.
- Great Britain > History > Elizabeth, 1558-1603.
- LITERARY CRITICISM > European > English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
- English literature > Early modern.
- Popular culture and literature.
- Popular literature.
- Great Britain.
- Publication date
- Material readings in early modern culture
- 9781409440307 (electronic bk.)
- 1409440303 (electronic bk.)
- 9781472405876 (epub)