Jeffrey Todd Knight excavates the culture of book collecting and compiling in early modern England, examining how the pervasive practice of mixing texts, authors, and genres into single bindings defined Renaissance ways of thinking and writing.
2013 | 288 pages | Cloth $65.00
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Compiling Culture
PART I. READERS
Chapter 1. Special Collections: Book Curatorship and the Idea of Early Print in Libraries
Chapter 2. Making Shakespeare's Books: Material Intertextuality from the Bindery to the Conservation Lab
PART II. WRITERS
Chapter 3. Transformative Imitation: Composing the Lyric in Liber Lilliati and Watson's Hekatompathia
Chapter 4. Vernacularity and the Compiling Self in Spenser's Shepheardes Calender and Montaigne's Essays
Chapter 5. The Custom-Made Corpus: English Collected Works in Print, 1532-1623
Epilogue: "Collated and Perfect"