The Book in History, The Book as History

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New Intersections of the Material Text. Essays in Honor of David Scott Kastan

Edited by Heidi Brayman, Jesse M. Lander, and Zachary Lesser

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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

"The entire collection is driven by a scholarly desire to disentangle a literary text that is also a material, printed text belonging to the history that produced it and to the interpretative openness of the present moment in which the old text is read, and speculated about, anew."—Goran Stanivukovic, Renaissance and Reformation
ISBN: 9780300223163
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
420 pages, 6 x 8 5/8
60 color illus.