Book: The Book in History, The Book as History

December 19, 2016

By Michael Morand

The Book in History, The Book as History: New Intersections of the Material Text

Edited by Heidi Brayman, Jesse M. Lander, and Zachary Lesser

(Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library/Yale University Press)

Edited and authored by his students, “The Book in History, The Book as History” is a work of essays in honor of David Scott Kastan, the George M. Bodman Professor of English.

Uniting 18 leading critics in early modern literary studies, this volume explores book history and the material text. The essays incorporate a broad range of subjects, such as gender and sexuality, religion, postcolonial theory, political and economic history, adaptation and appropriation, historical formalism, and digital humanities. With essays on Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton, and others, this volume makes early modern literary studies and book history accessible and will be a resource in the field for years to come. “After this collection, there can be no reasonable doubt that book history belongs at the heart of literary studies,” writes Margreta de Grazia of the book.