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The Work of Print: Authorship and the English Text Trades, 1660–1760

 
 
Author
Lisa Maruca.
Publisher Washington  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.9 x 5.95 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9780295987576
Pages/Publication Date 227/2007
Daedalus Item Code 60021
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Tracing a shift in the definition of literature that came about largely in the 18th century, English professor Lisa Maruca considers how the creation of books, or the "work of print," was at first considered to be a collaborative effort in which those who physically produced and distributed publications were as central to the making of literature as those who wrote it. Encompassing the histories of literature, labor, technology, publishing, and gender, Maruca offers significant insights into the ideology of authorship and intellectual property, extending to our understanding of textuality and print in the digital age.

"Whether one hails from an English Department or a History Department, Professor Maruca's research and conclusions offer much to anyone interested in the history of texts and their production.... An eye-opening and excellent study."—Sixteenth Century Journal

"Maruca stresses that there was no hard and fast qualitative distinction between what we would call authors and those who worked to produce printed volumes. Her purpose is to recover not only the collective achievement of authorship, but the process by which that collectivity came to be obscured and our own heroic concept of the author instituted. She is on the track of one of the major components of modern creativity, with a topic that makes the subject of 17th-century print genuinely consequential for us today."—Adrian Johns

 
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