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The Impact of Print

Elizabeth Evenden

in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199229123
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199229123.013.0006

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 The Impact of Print

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This article examines the impact of printing on the perceived worth of printed book in England during the period from 1476 to 1575. It aims to show that during this period, the invention of printing had an impact in many areas of book production and dissemination, and upon the trade in new and old texts as a whole. It evaluates the power of the press to circulate the content of earlier manuscripts in order to exemplify the impact of dissemination by print and explores the ways in which those in the book trade and the English reading public perceived the value of both the texts themselves and the artefacts that divulged these many and varied texts.

Keywords: printing; printed book; England; book production; book dissemination; manuscripts

Article.  9497 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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