How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Leah Price

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:794545417

Category: Book industries and trade

Page: 361

View: 253

This work asks how our culture came to frown on using books for any purpose other than reading. The text explores when the coffee-table book became an object of scorn, and why law courts forbade witnesses to kiss the Bible.

How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain

READ NONBOOKS We've seen how often printed objects break into memories of, ... these take remembered but unnamed books as their launching pad.

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Leah Price

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691159546

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 360

View: 858

How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain asks how our culture came to frown on using books for any purpose other than reading. When did the coffee-table book become an object of scorn? Why did law courts forbid witnesses to kiss the Bible? What made Victorian cartoonists mock commuters who hid behind the newspaper, ladies who matched their books' binding to their dress, and servants who reduced newspapers to fish 'n' chips wrap? Shedding new light on novels by Thackeray, Dickens, the Brontës, Trollope, and Collins, as well as the urban sociology of Henry Mayhew, Leah Price also uncovers the lives and afterlives of anonymous religious tracts and household manuals. From knickknacks to wastepaper, books mattered to the Victorians in ways that cannot be explained by their printed content alone. And whether displayed, defaced, exchanged, or discarded, printed matter participated, and still participates, in a range of transactions that stretches far beyond reading. Supplementing close readings with a sensitive reconstruction of how Victorians thought and felt about books, Price offers a new model for integrating literary theory with cultural history. How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain reshapes our understanding of the interplay between words and objects in the nineteenth century and beyond.

The Organisation of Knowledge in Victorian Britain

This collection of essays explores the questions of what counted as knowledge in Victorian Britain, who defined knowledge and the knowledgeable, by what means and by what criteria.

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Martin Daunton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0197263267

Category: Education

Page: 424

View: 638

This collection of essays explores the questions of what counted as knowledge in Victorian Britain, who defined knowledge and the knowledgeable, by what means and by what criteria. During the Victorian period, the structure of knowledge took on a new and recognizably modern form, and the disciplines we now take for granted took shape. The ways in which knowledge was tested also took on a new form, with the rise of written examinations. New institutions of knowledge were created: museums were important at the start of the period, universities had become prominent by the end. Victorians needed to make sense of the sheer scale of new information, to popularize it, and at the same time to exclude ignorance and error - a role carried out by encyclopaedias and popular publications. By studying the Victorian organization of knowledge in its institutional, social, and intellectual settings, these essays contribute to our wider consideration of the complex and much debated concept of knowledge.

SEX AND SEXUALITY IN VICTORIAN BRITAIN

This book will answer this question, as well as looking at fashion, food, science, art, medicine, magic, literature, love, politics, faith and superstition through a new lens, leaving the reader uplifted and with a new regard for the ...

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: VIOLET. FENN

Publisher:

ISBN: 1526756684

Category:

Page:

View: 603

Liberty and Authority in Victorian Britain

This book explores the truth of that assumption and what it might mean.

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Peter Mandler

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780199271337

Category: History

Page: 254

View: 508

Victorian Britain is often considered as the high point of 'laissez-faire', the place and the time when people were most 'free' to make their own lives without the aid or interference of the State. This book explores the truth of that assumption and what it might mean. It considers what the Victorian State did or did not do, what were the prevailing definitions and practices of 'liberty', what other sources of discipline and authority existed beyond the State to structure people'slives - in sum, what were the broad conditions under which such a profound belief in 'liberty' could flourish, and a complex society be run on those principles. Contributors include leading scholars in British political, social and cultural history, so that 'liberty' is seen in the round, not justas a set of ideas or of political slogans, but also as a public and private philosophy that structured everyday life. Consideration is also given to the full range of British subjects in the nineteenth century - men, women, people of all classes, from all parts of the British Isles - and to placing the British experience in a global and comparative perspective.

Romanticism Self Canonization and the Business of Poetry

... “From The History of a Book to a 'History of the Book,'” Representations 114 (2009): 120–38, and How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain ...

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Michael Gamer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108132817

Category: Literary Criticism

Page:

View: 791

This is the first book to examine how Romantic writers transformed poetic collections to reach new audiences. In a series of case studies, Michael Gamer shows Romantic poets to be fundamentally social authors: working closely with booksellers, intimately involved in literary production, and resolutely concerned with current readers even as they presented themselves as disinterested artists writing for posterity. Exploding the myth of Romantic poets as naive, unworldly, or unconcerned with the practical aspects of literary production, this study shows them instead to be engaged with intellectual property, profit and loss, and the power of reprinting to reshape literary reputation. Gamer offers a fresh perspective on how we think about poetic revision, placing it between aesthetic and economic registers and foregrounding the centrality of poetic collections rather than individual poems to the construction of literary careers.

Participatory reading in late medieval England

4 Price, How to do things with books in Victorian Britain, 5. 5 Riverside Chaucer, ed. Benson, II.1091–2. All quotations from Chaucer that follow are drawn ...

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Heather Blatt

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526118011

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

View: 722

This electronic version has been made available under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) open access license. This book traces affinities between digital and medieval media, exploring how reading functioned as a nexus for concerns about increasing literacy, audiences’ agency, literary culture and media formats from the late fourteenth to the early sixteenth centuries. Drawing on a wide range of texts, from well-known poems of Chaucer and Lydgate to wall texts, banqueting poems and devotional works written by and for women, Participatory reading argues that making readers work offered writers ways to shape their reputations and the futures of their productions. At the same time, the interactive reading practices they promoted enabled audiences to contribute to – and contest – writers’ burgeoning authority, making books and reading work for everyone.

Bible Culture and Authority in the Early United States

How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012. Räisänen, Heikki. “Joseph Smith as a Creative Interpreter of ...

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Seth Perry

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691179131

Category: Religion

Page: 216

View: 361

Early Americans claimed that they looked to "the Bible alone" for authority, but the Bible was never, ever alone. Bible Culture and Authority in the Early United States is a wide-ranging exploration of the place of the Christian Bible in America in the decades after the Revolution. Attending to both theoretical concerns about the nature of scriptures and to the precise historical circumstances of a formative period in American history, Seth Perry argues that the Bible was not a "source" of authority in early America, as is often said, but rather a site of authority: a cultural space for editors, commentators, publishers, preachers, and readers to cultivate authoritative relationships. While paying careful attention to early national bibles as material objects, Perry shows that "the Bible" is both a text and a set of relationships sustained by a universe of cultural practices and assumptions. Moreover, he demonstrates that Bible culture underwent rapid and fundamental changes in the early nineteenth century as a result of developments in technology, politics, and religious life. At the heart of the book are typical Bible readers, otherwise unknown today, and better-known figures such as Zilpha Elaw, Joseph Smith, Denmark Vesey, and Ellen White, a group that includes men and women, enslaved and free, Baptists, Catholics, Episcopalians, Methodists, Mormons, Presbyterians, and Quakers. What they shared were practices of biblical citation in writing, speech, and the performance of their daily lives. While such citation contributed to the Bible's authority, it also meant that the meaning of the Bible constantly evolved as Americans applied it to new circumstances and identities.

A Brief History of Life in Victorian Britain

Praise for Dicken's London: Out of the babble of voices, Michael Paterson has been able to extract the essence of London itself. Read this book and re-enter the labyrinth of a now-ancient city.' Peter Ackroyd

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Mike Paterson

Publisher: Constable & Robinson Ltd

ISBN: 1845297075

Category: Great Britain

Page: 358

View: 400

Using character portraits, events, and key moments, Michael Paterson brings the real life of Victorian Britain alive - from the lifestyles of the aristocrats to the lowest ranks of the London slums.

Book Presence in a Digital Age

How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Punday, Daniel. 2015. Computing as Writing.

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Kiene Brillenburg Wurth

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501321191

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

View: 556

Contrary to the apocalyptic pronouncements of paper media's imminent demise in the digital age, there has been a veritable surge of creative reimaginings of books as bearers of the literary. From typographic experiments (Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves, Steven Hall's The Raw Shark Texts) to accordion books (Anne Carson's Nox), from cut ups (Jonathan Safran Foer's Tree of Codes) to collages (Graham Rawle's Woman's World), from erasures (Mary Ruefle's A Little White Shadow) to mixups (Simon Morris's The Interpretations of Dreams), print literature has gone through anything but a slow, inevitable death. In fact, it has re-invented itself materially. Starting from this idea of media plurality, Book Presence in a Digital Age explores the resilience of print literatures, book art, and zines in the late age of print from a contemporary perspective, while incorporating longer-term views on media archeology and media change. Even as it focuses on the materiality of books and literary writing in the present, Book Presence also takes into consideration earlier 20th-century "moments" of media transition, developing the concepts of presence and materiality as analytical tools to perform literary criticism in a digital age. Bringing together leading scholars, artists, and publishers, Book Presence in a Digital Age offers a variety of perspectives on the past, present, and future of the book as medium, the complex relationship of materiality to virtuality, and of the analog to the digital.

The Victorian World

This volume offers a fresh evaluation of Britain and its global presence in the years from the 1830s to the 1900s.

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Martin Hewitt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780415491877

Category: History

Page: 756

View: 888

With an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses political history, the history of ideas, cultural history and art history, The Victorian World offers a sweeping survey of the world in the nineteenth century. This volume offers a fresh evaluation of Britain and its global presence in the years from the 1830s to the 1900s. It brings together scholars from history, literary studies, art history, historical geography, historical sociology, criminology, economics and the history of law, to explore more than 40 themes central to an understanding of the nature of Victorian society and culture, both in Britain and in the rest of the world. Organised around six core themes – the world order, economy and society, politics, knowledge and belief, and culture – The Victorian World offers thematic essays that consider the interplay of domestic and global dynamics in the formation of Victorian orthodoxies. A further section on 'Varieties of Victorianism' offers considerations of the production and reproduction of external versions of Victorian culture, in India, Africa, the United States, the settler colonies and Latin America. These thematic essays are supplemented by a substantial introductory essay, which offers a challenging alternative to traditional interpretations of the chronology and periodisation of the Victorian years. Lavishly illustrated, vivid and accessible, this volume is invaluable reading for all students and scholars of the nineteenth century.

Oceania and the Victorian Imagination

This collection of essays focuses on Oceania’s impact on Victorian culture, most notably travel writing, photography, international exhibitions, literature, and the world of children. Each of these had significant impact.

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Professor Peter H Hoffenberg

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781472404701

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

View: 659

Oceania, or the South Pacific, loomed large in the Victorian popular imagination. It was a world that interested the Victorians for many reasons, all of which suggested to them that everything was possible there. This collection of essays focuses on Oceania’s impact on Victorian culture, most notably travel writing, photography, international exhibitions, literature, and the world of children. Each of these had significant impact. The literature discussed affected mainly the middle and upper classes, while exhibitions and photography reached down into the working classes, as did missionary presentations. The experience of children was central to the Pacific’s effects, as youthful encounters at exhibitions, chapel, home, or school formed lifelong impressions and experience. It would be difficult to fully understand the Victorians as they understood themselves without considering their engagement with Oceania. While the contributions of India and Africa to the nineteenth-century imagination have been well-documented, examinations of the contributions of Oceania have remained on the periphery of Victorian studies. Oceania and the Victorian Imagination contributes significantly to our discussion of the non-peripheral place of Oceania in Victorian culture.

Victorian Britain

This text focuses on Victorian Britain.

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Jane Shuter

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: 0431102139

Category: Great Britain

Page: 32

View: 724

Designed to support the QCA Scheme of Work for history at Key Stage 2, the books in this series address various aspects of history with questions and answers that are illustrated with written and pictorial primary sources. This text focuses on Victorian Britain.

Late Victorian Britain 1875 1901

Drawing heavily on the recollections and literature of the people themselves, Harrison places late Victorian Britain firmly in its social and political context.

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: J.F.C. Harrison

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136116520

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 173

Drawing heavily on the recollections and literature of the people themselves, Harrison places late Victorian Britain firmly in its social and political context.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Books

The shelves of the world's great libraries, though, tell a more complicated story. Examining the wear and tear on the books that they contain, English professor Leah Price finds scant evidence that a golden age of reading ever existed.

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Leah Price

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465042686

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

View: 680

Reports of the death of reading are greatly exaggerated Do books have a future? Does reading? And what's the difference? Digital-age Jeremiahs lament that readers have lost patience for anything longer than a tweet. As our appetite for books dwindles, so too do the virtues in which printed, bound objects once trained us: the willpower to focus on a sustained argument, the curiosity to look beyond the day's news, even the willingness to be alone. However, by examining objects on the shelves of the world's great libraries, book historian Leah Price has discovered that no golden age of reading ever existed. From the dawn of mass literacy to the invention of the paperback, most readers skimmed and multitasked. Print-era doctors warned against the very same silent absorption now recommended as a cure for electronic addictions. A revealing examination of how readers have interacted with books over the centuries, What We Talk About When We Talk About Books holds lessons for bibliophiles and literature lovers alike.

Enterprise and Trade in Victorian Britain

The essays in this book focus on the controversies concerning Britain's economic performance between the mid-nineteenth century and the First World War.

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: D. N. McCloskey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134558278

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 232

View: 738

The essays in this book focus on the controversies concerning Britain's economic performance between the mid-nineteenth century and the First World War. The overriding theme is that Britain's own resources were consistently more productive, more resilient and more successful than is normally assumed. And if the economy's achievement was considerable, the influence on it of external factors (trade, international competition, policy) were much less significant than is normally supposed. The book is structured as follows: Part One: The Method of Historical Economics Part Two: Enterprise in Late Victorian Britain Part Three: Britain in the World Economy, 1846-1913.

Religion in Victorian Britain

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Gerald Parsons

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719025117

Category: Grande-Bretagne - Histoire religieuse - 19e siècle

Page:

View: 430

Pleasures Pastimes in Victorian Britain

This book deals with the pleasures and pastimes enjoyed by the Victorians, setting the various activities enjoyed into the context of the growth of leisure time and changes in occupational structure, as well as the increasing concentration ...

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Pamela Horn

Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited

ISBN: STANFORD:36105023612760

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 946

It was a paradox of 19th-century Britain that while work was the bedrock upon which the Victorian vision of progress and improvement was constructed, the years between 1837 and 1901 also saw the greatest upsurge in leisure pursuits hitherto witnessed. This book deals with the pleasures and pastimes enjoyed by the Victorians, setting the various activities enjoyed into the context of the growth of leisure time and changes in occupational structure, as well as the increasing concentration of people in urban society. It reveals how a more structured approach to leisure came about throughout the period, with the creation of parks, libraries, art galleries and museums. Greater literacy widened horizons, while technological change also had its effect in making available cheap books, newspapers and musical instruments.

Victorian Britain

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Sallie Purkis

Publisher:

ISBN: 058243677X

Category: Great Britain

Page: 96

View: 730