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After Print: Eighteenth-Century Manuscript Cultures (2019)


The eighteenth century has generally been understood as the Age of Print, when the new medium revolutionized the literary world and rendered manuscript culture obsolete. After Print, however, reveals that the story isn’t so simple. Manuscript remained a vital, effective, and even preferred forum for professional and amateur authors working across fields such as literature, science, politics, religion, and business through the Romantic period. The contributors to this book offer a survey of the manuscript culture of the time, discussing handwritten culinary recipes, the poetry of John Keats, Benjamin Franklin’s letters about his electrical experiments, and more. Collectively, the essays demonstrate that what has often been seen as the amateur, feminine, and aristocratic world of handwritten exchange thrived despite the spread of the printed word. In so doing, they undermine the standard print-manuscript binary and advocate for a critical stance that better understands the important relationship between the media. Bringing together work from literary scholars, librarians, and digital humanists, the diverse essays in After Print offer a new model for archival research, pulling from an exciting variety of fields to demonstrate that manuscript culture did not die out but, rather, may have been revitalized by the advent of printing.

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Authors & Contributors
Vermeir, Koen
Hackmann, Willem D.
Secord, James A.
Fournier-Antonini, Guenièvre
Elders, Willem
Margócsy, Dániel
British Journal for the History of Science
Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society
Royal Historical Society. Transactions
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Perspectives on Science
Archives of Natural History
University of Virginia Press
Leuven University Press
University of Notre Dame
Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Routledge India
Communication of scientific ideas
Communication within scientific contexts
Printing industry
Science and culture
Print culture
Josquin, des Prez
Fessenden, Thomas Green
Peale, Charles Willison
Rush, Benjamin
Rittenhouse, David
Bhāratacandra Rāẏa
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
16th century
17th century
Early modern
15th century
Great Britain
Barcelona (Spain)
Genoa (Italy)
United States
American Philosophical Society

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