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Introduction Bibliographic Subjects

Andrew Piper

in Dreaming in Books

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780226669724
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226669748 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226669748.003.0001
Introduction Bibliographic Subjects

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This book discusses the fundamental ways through which western cultures became bibliographic cultures, which was was through reading literature. As books streamed in ever greater numbers from publishing houses in London, Philadelphia, Paris, Stuttgart, and Berlin, romantic writing and romantic writers played a crucial role in facilitating readers' adaptation to this increasingly international and overflowing bookish environment. This book attempts to recover very different imaginaries of how books worked and what books did in the past. Many arguments are given about the most pressing communicative concerns being faced today that are not unique to the digital age, but emerged with a particular sense of urgency during the bookish upheavals of the romantic age. Many literary scholars today have begun to draw attention to the ways that bibliographic details are key determinants, but also key multipliers, of textual meaning.

Keywords: western cultures; bibliographic cultures; publishing houses; books; textual meaning; literary scholars

Chapter.  7312 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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