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Writing to the World : Letters and the Origins of Modern Print Genres - (Hardcover)

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"In Writing to the World, Rachael Scarborough King examines the shift from manuscript to print media culture in the long eighteenth century. King reveals how four crucial new genres--the newspaper, the periodical, the novel, and the biography--are unitedby their reliance on letters to accustom readers to new forms of print. She introduces the concept of a "bridge genre" to explain the role that the letter played in helping form these new genres and initiate readers into using them. Since readers were familiar with reading letters, this borrowing of epistolary forms and techniques allowed easier access to these new modes of printing and reading texts. This original and groundbreaking work in media and literary history offers a model for the process of genre formation: new genres arise when new media become accessible and intelligible to a mass readership. The bridge genre allowed people to see themselves as connected by networks of communication--as members of what they called "the world" of writing. This phrase, which became ubiquitous as authors analyzed their literary marketplace, implied both global scope and what we would now term a "media environment." In order to recuperate its eighteenth-century meaning, King combines techniques of book history, constituting extensive original archival research, with those of genre theory and literary analysis. The multiple "rises" that scholars have documented in this period--of print, the public sphere, the novel, and the newspaper--converged on a pervasive, but overlooked, strategy: the use of the letter to collect, present, and distribute information"--
Number of Pages: X, 259 pages :
Genre: Literary Criticism, Literary Collections
Sub-Genre: Semiotics + Theory, Modern, Letters
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
Book theme: 18th Century
Author: Rachael Scarborough King
Language: English
Street Date: June 1, 2018
TCIN: 53392764
UPC: 9781421425481
Item Number (DPCI): 248-64-4795
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