Women's Labour and the History of the Book in Early Modern England

Valerie Wayne (Editor)
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Description

This collection reveals the valuable work that women achieved in publishing, printing, writing and reading early modern English books, from those who worked in the book trade to those who composed, selected, collected and annotated books. Women gathered rags for paper production, invested in books and oversaw the presses that printed them. Their writing and reading had an impact on their contemporaries and the developing literary canon. A focus on women's work enables these essays to recognize the various forms of labour -- textual and social as well as material and commercial -- that women of different social classes engaged in. Those considered include the very poor, the middling sort who were active in the book trade, and the elite women authors and readers who participated in literary communities. Taken together, these essays convey the impressive work that women accomplished and their frequent collaborations with others in the making, marking, and marketing of early modern English books.

Product Details

Price
$120.00
Publisher
Arden Shakespeare
Publish Date
May 14, 2020
Pages
336
Dimensions
5.5 X 0.75 X 8.5 inches | 1.18 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781350110014

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About the Author

Valerie Wayne is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa,
USA.

Reviews

"The scholars here have performed impressive acts of archival investigation, much dust has been kicked up, but it has the benefit of clearing the air and making it possible to see the truly impressive busyness of business women, urban scavengers, and noble ladies of leisure alike." -- Maureen Quilligan, Duke University, USA