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The Social Uses of the Scribally Published Text

Harold Love

in Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England

Published in print May 1993 | ISBN: 9780198112198
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670695 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112198.003.0005
The Social Uses of the Scribally Published Text

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This chapter discusses the societal functions of the handwritten text. It also examines the function of scribal publication as a means by which ideologically charged texts could be distributed through the governing class, or various interest-groups within that class, without their coming to the knowledge of the governed. This class constitutes the court and its officials, the aristocracy with their families and clients, gentry, merchants concerned in the financing of state enterprises, and the upper hierarchical levels of the law, medicine, church, army, and navy. It explores the internal structure of the governing class, sustained by two forms of exclusion — the vertical and the horizontal form. It also talks about topics such as censorship and the scribal text, the script as a medium of information, and the sites for reading — the coffee and country houses, the court, the Haward miscellany, the universities, and the inns of court.

Keywords: handwritten text; scribal publication; governing class; vertical form; horizontal form; censorship; reading sites

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Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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