© 2014

The Perils of Print Culture

Book, Print and Publishing History in Theory and Practice

  • Jason McElligott
  • Eve Patten

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Jason McElligott, Eve Patten
    Pages 1-16
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 238-242

About this book


This collection of essays illustrates various pressures and concerns—both practical and theoretical—related to the study of print culture. Procedural difficulties range from doubts about the reliability of digitized resources to concerns with the limiting parameters of 'national' book history.


culture methods migration novel seventeenth century Victorian era

Editors and affiliations

  • Jason McElligott
    • 1
  • Eve Patten
    • 2
  1. 1.Marsh’s LibraryDublinIreland
  2. 2.School of EnglishTrinity CollegeDublinIreland

About the editors

Toby Barnard, Hertford College, Oxford, UK Rebecca Bullard, University of Reading, UK Matthew Cheung Salisbury, University College, Oxford, UK Freyja Cox Jensen, University of Exeter, UK Sarah Crider Arndt, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland David Finkelstein, University of Dundee, UK Leslie Howsam, University of Windsor, Canada Anna Luker Gilding, independent scholar, UK Margery Masterson, University of Bristol, UK Cristina Neagu, Christ Church Library, Oxford, UK James Raven, University of Essex, UK Annette Walton, Linacre College, Oxford, UK

Bibliographic information


“This volume is forward-facing in its assessment of various ‘perils’ in print culture … .  The volume is a good starting point for students of book history and print culture. Equally, it is useful for established scholars who wish to remind themselves of the sorts of topical questions being asked in this field of enquiry.” (Natalie C. J. Aldred, SHARP News,, August, 2016)