Helen Smith

in 'Grossly Material Things'

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199651580
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741654 | DOI:

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A brief epilogue outlines some uses of the early modern book in which reading was not the only, nor necessarily the most important, way of engaging with the material text. Briefly surveying some of the circumstances in which texts were worn upon the body and displayed (or hidden) in a variety of locations, the epilogue returns to the questions of materiality and the mutual shaping of books and bodies raised in the introduction, and suggests that critical practice must do more to account for women's presence in the printed text.

Keywords: word spells; girdle-books; materiality; authorship

Chapter.  2700 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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