Agent of Change: Print Culture Studies After Elizabeth L. EisensteinAgent of Change: Print Culture Studies After Elizabeth L. Eisenstein (Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book)
Sabrina Alcorn Baron (Editor), Eric N. Lindquist (Editor), Eleanor F. Shevlin (Editor)
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
ISBN: 1558495924 ISBN13: 9781558495920 DDC: 686.209 Edition: Hardcover; 2007-07
Summary:Inspiring debate since the early days of its publication, Elizabeth
L. Eisenstein’s "The Printing Press as an Agent of Change:
Communications and Cultural Transformations in Early-Modern Europe"
(1979) has exercised its own force as an agent of change in the world
of scholarship. Its path-breaking agenda has played a central role in
shaping the study of print culture and "book history"—fields of
inquiry that rank among the most exciting and vital areas of
scholarly endeavor in recent years. Joining together leading voices
in the field of print scholarship, this collection of twenty essays
affirms the catalytic properties of Eisenstein’s study as a stimulus
to further inquiry across geographic, temporal, and disciplinary
boundaries. From early modern marginalia to the use of architectural
title pages in Renaissance books, from the press in Spanish colonial
America to print in the Islamic world, from the role of the printed
word in nation-building to changing histories of reading in the
electronic age, this book addresses the legacy of Eisenstein’s work
in print culture studies today as it suggests future directions for
the field. In addition to a conversation with Elizabeth L.
Eisenstein, the book includes contributions by Peng Hwa Ang, Margaret
Aston, Tony Ballantyne, Vivek Bhandari, Ann Blair, Barbara A.
Brannon, Roger Chartier, Kai-wing Chow, James A. Dewar, Robert A.
Gross, David Scott Kastan, Harold Love, Paula McDowell, Jane McRae,
Jean-Dominique Mellot, Antonio Rodríguez-Buckingham, Geoffrey Roper,
William H. Sherman, Peter Stallybrass, H. Arthur Williamson, and
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