Material Readings in Early Modern Culture series launches

Ashgate is pleased to announce the publication of the inaugural volume of an exciting new book series.

Railing, Reviling, and Invective in English Literary Culture, 1588-1617 by Maria Teresa Micaela Prendergast explores railing plays and pamphlets that were circulated in the late Elizabethan and early Jacobean period, and how this literary movement became a platform for expressing religious, sexual and political apprehensions of the era. This book changes the way that we examine late Elizabethan and early Jacobean literature, as it associates works that have been studied in isolation from each other with a larger, coherent literary movement.

The Material Readings in Early Modern Culture series investigates material forms of texts as part of an investigation into early modern culture. The series combines archival research with a focus on the theoretical models that might illuminate the reading, writing, and making of texts, both in terms of the primary sources examined, and in terms of the methodologies.

The range of topics the series aims to cover include:

  • The History of the Book, publishing and the book trade
  • Technologies of the written word
  • Surprising or neglected material forms of writing
  • Print culture
  • Manuscript studies
  • Social space, context, location of writing
  • Social signs, cues, codes imbued within the material forms of texts
  • Ownership and the social practices of reading
  • Codicology, palaeography and critical biography
  • Production, transmission, distribution and circulation
  • Archiving and the archaeology of knowledge
  • Orality and oral culture
  • The material text as object of thing

Find out more about the Material Readings in Early Modern Culture series

To submit a proposal, please contact the series editors, James R T Daybell and Adam Smyth and the publisher Erika Gaffney

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