The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture: Volume One: Cheap Print in Britain and Ireland to 1660

Hardcover | May 21, 2011

EditorJoad Raymond

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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 Historyof 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. Thissubstantial 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 socialcontexts, 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 noneof 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 establishthe ground for future debates and examinations of the role of cheap print in early-modern Britain.

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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 Historyof Popular Print Culture, an ambitious nine-...

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 ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:704 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.51 inPublished:May 21, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceList of TablesList of IllustrationsNotes on ConventionsNotes on ContributorsChronology1. Joad Raymond: Introduction: the origins of popular print culturePart one: Historical Contexts2. Mike Braddick: England and Wales3. Hamish Mathison: Scotland4. Jane Ohlmeyer: Ireland5. Tim Harris: Popular, Plebeian, Culture: Historical Definitions6. Joad Raymond: The Development of the Book Trade in Britain7. Anna Bayman: Printing, Learning and the Unlearned8. Heidi Hackel: Popular Literacy and Society9. Stephen Dobranski: Reading Strategies10. Julie Crawford: Oral Culture and Popular Print11. Andrew McRae: Manuscript Culture and Popular Print12. Alastair Bellany: Libel13. William H. Sherman: The Social Life of BooksPart two: Some International Comparisons14. Roger Chartier: France and Spain15. Ottavia Niccoli: Italy16. Margit Thofner: The Netherlands17. Alisha Rankin: GermanyPart three: Themes18. Peter Lake: Religion and Cheap Print19. David Colclough: Rhetoric20. Markku Peltonen: Political Argument21. Helen Pierce: Images, Representation, and Counter-Representation22. Sara Mendelson: Women and Print23. Mark Jenner: London24. Thomas Cogswell: Parliament and the Press25. Nicole Greenspan: WarPart four: Forms and Genres26. Angela McShane: Ballads and Broadsides27. Lori Newcomb: Romance28. Joad Raymond: News29. Simon Schaffer: Science30. Mary Fissell: Popular Medical Writing31. Lauren Kassell: Almanacs and Prognostications32. Peter Burke: Popular History33. Jason Peacey: Pamphlets34. Lori Newcomb: Chapbooks35. Mary Morrissey: Sermons, Primers, and Prayer Books36. Natasha Glaisyer: Popular Didactic Literature37. Zachary Lesser: PlaybooksPart five: Case Studies38. Tracey Sowerby: 153539. Cathy Shrank: 155340. Jesse Lander: 1588-941. Matthew Woodcock: 160342. Thomas Cogswell: 162543. Jason McElligott: 164144. Martin Dzelzainis: 164945. Gerald MacLean: 1660Bibliography