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September 21, 2011

Submitted by alycia on Wed, 09/21/2011 - 09:59
  • Robert Darnton, "The Case for Books: Past, Present and Future"
  • Elizabeth Eisenstein, "Divine Art, Infernal Machine: the Reception of Printing in the West"
  • Finished Old Books and New Histories: An Orientation to Studies in Book and Print Culture and The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe.

    I really didn't like the Eisenstein in the way I thought I would--I think the problem lies in the fact that I am in no way interested in the history of "Western Civilization," and "Western Christendom." My interest in print culture comes from the 20th century and later, where presses could be things in homes--on kitchen tables or in living rooms, and could include winging the print process with mimeographs and photocopiers. I am interested in work that comes from below or outside--not from the study of elites and establishments (and religion and science both make me squeamish). I felt like I was cringing the whole time I read, I felt lost within most of the middle, and now that I'm done I feel really guilty and disappointed that I didn't like this book more.

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