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Script, Print and the Materiality of Texts

  • Joanna Maciulewicz
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Part of the New Directions in Book History book series (NDBH)

Abstract

This chapter analyses literary representations of print which reflect the anxiety caused by the rapidly developing print marketplace. The theme recurs in the seventeenth century and throughout the eighteenth century as is evidenced by John Milton’s Areopagitica (1644), Jonathan Swift’s The Battle of Books (1704) and Alexander Pope’s The Dunciad (1728–1743), which employ a variety of rhetorical devices and literary conventions to explore the properties of print as well as its capacity to create the conditions of dialogic exchange of ideas and development of knowledge and culture.

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  • Joanna Maciulewicz
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  1. 1.Adam Mickiewicz University in PoznańPoznańPoland

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