A History of Reading in the West

Guglielmo Cavallo, Roger Chartier
Polity Press, 1999 - 478 sider
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.

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A collection of essays, each focusing on a different period in the history of reading in the west. Uneven, but many chapters are fascinating and the approach on the whole is scholarly and balanced. A much better treatment of the subject than Manguel's A History of Reading. Læs hele anmeldelsen

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Om forfatteren (1999)

Guglielmo Cavallo is professor of Greek palaeography at the University of Rome La Sapienza.

Fernando Bouza is a Professor in the Department of Early Modern History at the Complutensian University in Madrid. He is author of a number of books, including Imagen y propaganda: capitulos de historia cultural del reinado de Felipe II, and Del escribano a la biblioteca. Roger Chartier is Directeur d'etudes at the ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, Professor in the College de France, and Annenberg Visiting Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books, including Forms and Meanings: Texts, Performances, and Audiences from Codex to Computer, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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