The Book in History, The Book as History New Intersections of the Material Text. Essays in Honor of David Scott Kastan Heidi Brayman, Jesse Lander, Zachary M. Lesser, Heidi Brayman, Bianca Calabresi, Allison Deutermann, Mario DiGangi, Alan Farmer, Thomas Festa, Adam Hooks, Sarah Kelen, András Kiséry, Jesse Lander, Zachary M. Lesser, Zoltán Márkus, Claire McEachern, Benedict Robinson, William H. Sherman, Peter Stallybrass, Daniel Vitkus, Chloe Wheatley

Publication date:
06 Sep 2016
Beinecke Rare Book Library
420 pages: 219 x 152mm
60 color illus.
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Uniting eighteen leading critics in early modern literary studies, this volume explores book history and the material text. The essays incorporate a broad range of subjects, such as gender and sexuality, religion, postcolonial theory, political and economic history, adaptation and appropriation, historical formalism, and digital humanities. With essays on Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton, and others, this volume makes early modern literary studies and book history accessible and will be a core resource in the field for years to come.

Heidi Brayman is associate professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. Jesse M. Lander is associate professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. Zachary Lesser is professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

“A beautiful book with stunning colour reproductions for a price that is, by academia’s terrifying norms, bafflingly low. The Book in History is the best single collection of current work on early modern material texts, and a fitting tribute to Kastan’s profound and generous influence on the subject.”—Adam Smyth, TLS