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Women's labour and the history of the book in early modern England / edited by Valerie Wayne.
Women's labour and the history of the book in early modern England / edited by Valerie Wayne.
London ; New York : The Arden Shakespeare, 2020.
Physical Description:
xiv, 318 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 22 cm
Reference Library
Z325 .W66 2020 (LC)
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
This collection brings to light many of the women whose labours were important to the creation and consumption of early modern English books, from those who gathered linen rags on the streets of London for paper production, to those who ran printing houses and financed the production of books, sold them, wrote them, edited them, owned and read them. The evidence of extant books reveals that women who worked beside their husbands in printing houses and bookshops sometimes exerted considerable influence over their shops' business decisions. Most of the identifiable women stationers were widows, who often sought to minimize their financial risk through a conservative approach to publishing. But some were more enterpreneurial, expanding the network of those with whom they worked and increasing the number and types of books they issued. In their roles as authors, editors, and annotators, women further extended their impact on the history of early modern books. By considering women from widely differing backgrounds who engaged in manual, commercial, familial and literary forms of labour, this collection recovers women's participation in book history as never before.
Part 1. Making books: paper, publishers, printers -- English rag-women and early modern paper production / Heidi Craig -- Widow publishers in London, 1540-1640 / Alan B. Farmer -- Female stationers and their second-plus husbands / Sarah Neville -- Left to their own devices: sixteenth-century widows and their printers' devices / Erika Mary Boeckeler -- 'Famed as far as on finds books': women in the Dutch and English book trades / Martine van Elk -- Part 2. Making texts: authors and editors -- Isabella Witney amongst the stalls of Richard Jones / Kirk Melnikoff -- 'All by her directing': the Countess of Pembroke and her Arcadia / Sarah Wall-Randell -- Katharine Lee Bates and women's editions of Shakespeare for students / Molly G. Yarn -- Part 3. Marking books: owners, readers, collectors, annotators -- Patterns in women's book ownership, 1500-1700 / Georgianna Ziegler -- Reader, maker, mentor: the Countess of Huntingdon and her networks / Elizabeth Zeman Kolkovich -- Frances Wolfreston's annotations as labours of love / Lori Humphrey Newcomb -- Afterword: widows, orphans and other errors / Helen Smith.
Subject Terms:
Books -- England -- History -- 16th century.
Books -- England -- History -- 17th century.
Women in the book industries and trade -- England -- History -- 16th century.
Women in the book industries and trade -- England -- History -- 17th century.
Women in the book industries and trade.
Wayne, Valerie, editor.