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Networking print in Shakespeare's England : influence, agency, and revolutionary change

Title
Networking print in Shakespeare's England : influence, agency, and revolutionary change / Blaine Greteman.
ISBN
9781503615243
1503615243
9781503627987
1503627985
9781503627994
Publication
Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2021]
Physical Description
xiii, 238 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Summary
"In Networking Print in Shakespeare's England, Blaine Greteman uses new analytical tools to examine early English print networks and the systemic changes that reshaped early modern literature, thought, and politics. In early modern England, printed books were a technology that connected people in new ways--not only readers and writers, but an increasingly expansive community of printers, publishers, and booksellers. By pairing the methods of network analysis with newly available digital archives, Greteman aims to change the way we usually talk about authorship, publication, and print. As Greteman reveals, network analysis of the nearly 500,000 books printed in England before 1800 makes it possible to speak once again of a "print revolution," identifying a sudden tipping point at which the early modern print network became a small world where information could spread in new and powerful ways. Along with providing new insights into canonical literary figures like Milton and Shakespeare, data analysis also uncovers the hidden histories of key figures in this transformation who have been virtually ignored. Both a primer on the power of network analysis and a critical intervention in early modern studies, the book is ultimately an extended meditation on agency and the complexity of action in context"-- Provided by publisher.
Other formats
Online version: Greteman, Blaine. Networking print in Shakespeare's England Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2021.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
September 01, 2021
Series
Text technologies.
Stanford text technologies
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Methods and data
A small new world : fire, infection, and sudden change in the English print network
Hubs in the network : Nicholas Okes and the making of infectious information
Radical betweenness : Lady Eleanor Davies and Mary Cary
Weak ties and the making of a strong poet : John Milton's early publishers
Epilogue : future directions in networking the past
Genre/Form
History.
Citation

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