This path-breaking study will become the standard work on the history of reading in the West. It will be indispensable to students of cultural history, and to all those who want a fresh perspective on the history of books and their uses.
Wide-ranging and authoritative account of the changing practices of reading from the ancient world to the present day.
An international team of leading historians examine the technical innovations which change physical aspects of books and other texts, as well as the changing forms of reading and the growth and transformation of the reading public.
Contributors include: Robert Bonfil, Guglielmo Cavallo, Roger Chartier, Jean-Francois Gilmont, Anthony Grafton, Jacqueline Hamesse, Dominique Julia, Martyn Lyons, M.B. Parkes, Armando Petrucci, Paul Saenger, Jesper Svenbro and Reinhard Wittmann.
This path-breaking study has been highly successful in hardback and is now available in paperback for the first time.
Publisher's Note. Introduction: Guglielmo Cavallo and Roger Chartier. 1. Archaic and Classical Greece: The Invention of Silent Reading: Jesper Svenbro. 2. Between Volumen and Codex: Reading in the Roman World: Guglielmo Cavallo. 3. Reading, Copying and Interpreting a Text in the Early Middle Ages: M. B. Parkes. 4. The Scholastic Model of Reading: Jacqueline Hamesse. 5. Reading in the Later Middle Ages: Paul Saenger. 6. Reading in the Jewish Communities of Western Europe In the Middle Ages: Robert Bonfil. 7. The Humanist as Reader: Anthony Grafton. 8. Protestant Reformations and Reading: Jean-Francois Gilmont. 9. Reading and the Counter-Reformation: Dominique Julia. 10. Reading Matter and 'Popular' Reading: From the Renaissance to the Seventeenth Century: Roger Chartier. 11. Was there a Reading Revolution at the End of the Eighteenth Century? Reinhard Wittman. 12. New Readers in the Nineteenth Century: Women, Children, Workers: Martyn Lyons. 13. Reading to Read: A Future for Reading: Armando Petrucci. Notes. Select Bibliography. Index.