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Title Women's bookscapes in early modern Britain : reading, ownership, circulation / edited by Leah Knight, Micheline White, and Elizabeth Sauer
Published Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 304 pages)
Contents The Bookscape -- Part One (Book)case Studies -- One. Katherine Parr's Marginalia -- Two. Isabella Whitney and Reading Humanism -- Three. Book Passages and the Reconstruction of the Bradstreets' New England Library -- Four. Elizabeth Isham's "own Bookes" -- Fiv. Margaret Cavendish's Books -- Part Two Reading Communities -- Six. Women, Books, and the Lay Apostolate -- Seven. The Discovery of Pattern at Little Gidding -- Eight. Common Libraries -- Nine. English Reading Communities in Exile -- Part Three Collecting Women's Collections -- Ten. Hiding in Plain Sight -- Eleven. Women's Libraries in the Private Libraries in Renaissance England ProjectTwelve. Women's Book Ownership and the Reception of Early Modern Women's Texts, 1545-1700 -- Thirteen. Reading Proof -- Afterword: Mapping Early Modern Women's Literary History
Summary "Women in 16th- and 17th-century Britain read, annotated, circulated, inventoried, cherished, criticized, prescribed, and proscribed books in various historically distinctive ways. Yet, unlike that of their male counterparts, the study of women's reading practices and book ownership has been an elusive and largely overlooked field. In thirteen probing essays, Women's Bookscapes brings together the work of internationally renowned scholars investigating key questions about early modern British women's figurative, material, and cultural relationships with books. What constitutes evidence of women's readerly engagement? How did women use books to achieve personal, political, religious, literary, economic, social, familial, or communal goals? How does new evidence of women's libraries and book usage challenge received ideas about gender in relation to knowledge, education, confessional affiliations, family ties, and sociability? How do digital tools offer new possibilities for the recovery of information on early modern women readers? The volume's three-part structure highlights case studies of individual readers and their libraries; analyses of readers and readership in the context of their interpretive communities; and new types of scholarly evidence--lists of confiscated books and convent rules, for example--as well as new methodologies and technologies for ongoing research in the field. These essays dismantle binaries of private and public; reading and writing; female and male literary engagement and production; and ownership and authorship"-- Provided by publisher
"Women in 16th- and 17th-century Britain read, annotated, circulated, inventoried, cherished, criticized, prescribed, and proscribed books in various historically distinctive ways. Yet, unlike that of their male counterparts, the study of women's reading practices and book ownership has been an elusive and largely overlooked field. In thirteen probing essays, Women's Bookscapes in Early Modern Britain brings together the work of internationally renowned scholars investigating key questions about early modern British women's figurative, material, and cultural relationships with books. What constitutes evidence of women's readerly engagement? How did women use books to achieve personal, political, religious, literary, economic, social, familial, or communal goals? How does new evidence of women's libraries and book usage challenge received ideas about gender in relation to knowledge, education, confessional affiliations, family ties, and sociability? How do digital tools offer new possibilities for the recovery of information on early modern women readers? The volume's three-part structure highlights case studies of individual readers and their libraries; analyses of readers and readership in the context of their interpretive communities; and new types of scholarly evidence--lists of confiscated books and convent rules, for example--as well as new methodologies and technologies for ongoing research. These essays dismantle binaries of private and public; reading and writing; female and male literary engagement and production; and ownership and authorship. Interdisciplinary, timely, cohesive, and concise, this collection's fresh, revisionary approaches represent substantial contributions to scholarship in early modern material culture; book history and print culture; women's literary and cultural history; library studies; and reading and collecting practices more generally"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 28, 2018)
Subject Books and reading -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History.
Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century.
Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century.
Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
Women -- Books and reading -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century.
Women -- Books and reading -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Knight, Leah, 1976- editor
Sauer, Elizabeth, 1964- editor
White, Micheline, editor
LC no. 2018045457
ISBN 0472124439 (electronic book)
9780472124435 (electronic book)
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