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Women and the book trade in sixteenth-century France /
Susan Broomhall.
imprint
Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2002.
description
viii, 282 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0754606716
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imprint
Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2002.
isbn
0754606716
catalogue key
4728293
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-273) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Susan Broomhall is an Australian Research Council Fellow in the Department of History, The University of Western Australia.
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Reference & Research Book News, November 2002
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Summaries
Long Description
Focusing on the vastly understudied area of how women participated in the book trades, not just as authors, but also as patrons, copyists, illuminators, publishers, editors and readers, Women and the Book Trade in Sixteenth-Century France foregrounds contributions made by women during a period of profound transformation in the modes and understanding of publication.Broomhall asks whether women's experiences as authors changed when manuscript circulation gave way to the printed book as a standard form of publication. Innovatively, she broadens the concept of publication to include methods of scribal publication, through the circulation and presentation of manuscripts, and expands notions of authorship to incorporate a wide sample group of female writers and publishing experiences. She challenges the existing view that manuscript offered a safe means of semi-public exposure for female authors and explores its continuing presence after the introduction of print.The study introduces a wide and rich range of unexamined sources on early modern women, using an extensive range of manuscripts and the entire corpus of women's printed texts in sixteenth-century France. Most of the original texts, uncovered during the author's own extensive archival and bibliographical research, have never been re-published in modern French. Most of the citations from them are here translated into English for the first time. The work presents the only checklist of all known women's writings in printed texts, from prefaces and laudatory verse to editions of prose and poetry, between 1488 and 1599.Women and the Book Trade in Sixteenth-Century France constitutes the most comprehensive assessment of women's contribution to contemporary publishing yet available. Broomhall's innovative approach and her conclusions have relevance not only for book historians and French historians, but for a broad range of scholars who work with other European literatures and histories, as well as women's studies.
Main Description
Focusing on the vastly understudied area of how women participated in the book trades, not just as authors, but also as patrons, copyists, illuminators, publishers, editors and readers, Women and the Book Trade in Sixteenth-Century France foregrounds contributions made by women during a period of profound transformation in the modes and understanding of publication. Innovatively, Broomhall here broadens the concept of publication to include methods of scribal publication, through the circulation and presentation of manuscripts, and expands notions of authorship to incorporate a wide sample group of female writers and publishing experiences. The work presents the only checklist of all known women's writings in printed texts between 1488 and 1599.Women and the Book Trade in Sixteenth-Century France constitutes the most comprehensive assessment of women's contribution to contemporary publishing yet available. It is of interest not only to book historians and French historians, but also to a broad range of scholars who work with other European literatures and histories, and/or women's studies.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Notes on Textp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Contexts of Female Publication
Women's Experiences as Readers, Owners and Collectors of Booksp. 13
Women Working in the Book Tradesp. 45
Women Publishing: Theoretical and Practical Contextsp. 71
The Struggle for Textual Control: Female Authors in Printp. 93
Strategies of Female Publication
Dynamic Boundaries: Social Status, Geography and Gender in Publicationp. 125
Domestic Speech: Rhetorical Strategies of Family and Householdp. 155
In the Margins: Gender, Textual Relation and Locationp. 185
Conclusionsp. 211
A Checklist of First and Significant Editionsp. 215
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 274
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