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The Author's Hand and the Printer's Mind


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Table of Contents

Part I: The Past in the Present
1. Listen to the Dead with Your Eyes
2. History: Reading Time
3. History and Social Science: A Return to Braudel
Part II: What is a Book?
4. The Powers of Print
5. The Author's Hand
6. Pauses and Pitches
7. Translation
Part III: Texts and Meanings
8. Memory and Writing
9. Paratext and Preliminaries
10. Publishing Cervantes
11. Publishing Shakespeare
12. The Time of the Work

About the Author

Roger Chartier is professor of history at the College deFrance, Director of Studies at the Ecole des hautesetudes en sciences sociales and Annenberg Professor of Historyat the University of Pennsylvania.


'In these essays on the linguistic, typographical, social andcultural contexts of works by Shakespeare and Cervantes (amongothers), Roger Chartier shows once again his remarkable gifts forclose reading, original observations, and the judicious andfruitful use of sociocultural theory.' Peter Burke, University of Cambridge 'These brilliant essays, by the world's foremost historian ofthe book, are an essential guide to the textual labyrinth in whichwe find ourselves, a perplexing maze in which manuscripts, printedbooks, and digital media vie for attention. By looking withsingular learning and insight at early modern texts -- above all,works by Shakespeare and Cervantes -- Chartier enables us tounderstand not only the written traces that have been left by thepast but also the traces that we will leave for the future.' Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University "Chartier s essays provide an impressive model for just sucha rigorous and sophisticated investigation of the reading andwriting habits of the past..." Andrew G. Bonnell, University of Queensland

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