This book re-reads the tangled relations of book culture and literary culture in the early nineteenth century by restoring to view the figure of the bookman and the effaced history of his book clubs. As outliers inserting themselves into the matrix of literary production rather than remaining within that of reception, both provoked debate by producing, writing, and circulating books in ways that expanded fundamental points of literary orientation in lateral directions not coincident with those of the literary sphere. Deploying a wide range of historical, archival and literary materials, the study combines the history and geography of books, cultural theory, and literary history to make visible a bookish array of alterative networks, genres, and locations that were obscured by the literary sphere in establishing its authority as arbiter of the modern book.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2015
"Ina Ferris's Book-Men, Book Clubs and the Romantic Literary Sphere offers original contributions to this growing area of research. ... Book-Men, Book Clubs, and the Romantic Literary Sphere draws on impressively diverse printed and archival sources to support its lucid arguments. Ferris analyses a variety of lesser-known works written by, or about, book-men and book clubs. ... Beyond Romantic scholars, Ferris's research will also interest Victorianists." (Lindsey Eckert, Review of English Studies, Vol. 67 (281), September, 2016)
"Ferris' work represents an important development in our understanding of reading culture beyond the high-minded criticism of the Edinburgh journals. ... Bringing the bookman to the fore of our understanding of book culture, Ferris' work, I am sure, will offer an engaging point of departure for future studies of reading culture during the Romantic period." (James M. Morris, The BARS Review, Issue 48, Autumn, 2016)