Print Culture Histories Beyond the Metropolis

Edited by James J. Connolly, Patrick Collier, Frank Felsenstein, Kenneth R. Hall, and Robert G. Hall

© 2016

Bringing together leading scholars of literature, history, library studies, and communications, Print Culture Histories Beyond the Metropolis rejects the idea that print culture necessarily spreads outwards from capitals and cosmopolitan cities and focuses attention to how the residents of smaller cities, provincial districts, rural settings, and colonial outposts have produced, disseminated, and read print materials.

Too often print media has been represented as an engine of metropolitan modernity. Rather than being the passive recipients of print culture generated in city centres, the inhabitants of provinces and colonies have acted independently, as jobbing printers in provincial Britain, black newspaper proprietors in the West Indies, and library patrons in “Middletown,” Indiana, to mention a few examples. This important new book gives us a sophisticated account of how printed materials circulated, a more precise sense of their impact, and a fuller of understanding of how local contexts shaped reading experiences.

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  • Series: Studies in Book and Print Culture
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 464 pages
  • Illustrations: 45
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Print Culture Histories Beyond the Metropolis focuses attention to how the residents of smaller cities, provincial districts, rural settings, and colonial outposts have produced, disseminated, and read print materials.

Print Culture Histories Beyond the Metropolis

Edited by James J. Connolly, Patrick Collier, Frank Felsenstein, Kenneth R. Hall, and Robert G. Hall

© 2016

Bringing together leading scholars of literature, history, library studies, and communications, Print Culture Histories Beyond the Metropolis rejects the idea that print culture necessarily spreads outwards from capitals and cosmopolitan cities and focuses attention to how the residents of smaller cities, provincial districts, rural settings, and colonial outposts have produced, disseminated, and read print materials.

Too often print media has been represented as an engine of metropolitan modernity. Rather than being the passive recipients of print culture generated in city centres, the inhabitants of provinces and colonies have acted independently, as jobbing printers in provincial Britain, black newspaper proprietors in the West Indies, and library patrons in “Middletown,” Indiana, to mention a few examples. This important new book gives us a sophisticated account of how printed materials circulated, a more precise sense of their impact, and a fuller of understanding of how local contexts shaped reading experiences.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Book and Print Culture
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 464 pages
  • Illustrations: 45
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘A discerning look into provincial reading experiences that will offer an extended view of the world for scholars of sociocultural and print history…Highly recommended.’


    R.L. Wadham
    Choice vol 54:03:2016

    "Print Culture Histories beyond the Metropolis transcends a powerful metropolitan focus in print culture studies to shape an argument for the equal treatment of towns in Britain, Ireland, India, the United States, and antipodean outposts as centres of cultural activity. Letters, diaries, reading statistics, and private archives provide the kind of primary data that many print culture scholars crave and envy, and the contributing authors have woven the data into compellingly readable essays."


    Archie L. Dick, Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria
  • Author Information

    James J. Connolly is the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at Ball State University.


    Patrick Collier is a professor in the Department of English at Ball State University.


    Frank Felsenstein is the Reed D. Voran Honors Distinguished Professor in Humanities in the Department of English at Ball State University.


    Kenneth R. Hall is a professor in the Department of History at Ball State University.


    Robert G. Hall is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Ball State University.
  • Table of contents

    Print Culture Histories Beyond the Metropolis: An Introduction
    By Patrick Collier and James J. Connolly

    Part I: Circulation

    Non-Metropolitan Printing and Business in Britain and Ireland between the Sixteenth and Eighteenth Centuries
    By James Raven

    “I have hitherto been entirely upon the borrowing hand”: The Acquisition and Circulation of Books in Early Eighteenth-Century Dissenting Academies
    By Kyle Roberts

    The 18th- and Early 19th-Century Evolution of Indian Print Culture and Knowledge Networks in Calcutta and Madras
    By Kenneth R. Hall

    Beyond the Market and the City: The Informal Dissemination of Reading Material During the American Civil War
    By Ronald J. Zboray and Mary Saracino Zboray

    Cosmopolitan Ideals, Local Loyalties, and Print Culture: The Career of George Chandler Bragdon In Upstate New York 
    By Joan Shelley Rubin

    What Travels? The Movement of Movements; or, Ephemeral Bibelots from Paris to Lansing, with Love 
    By Brad Evans

    Circum-Atlantic Print Circuits and Internationalism from the Peripheries in the Interwar Era
    By Lara Putnam

    Part II: Place
    At the Dawn of the Information Age: Reading and the Working Classes in Ashton-under-Lyne, 1830–1850
    By Robert Hall

    Uneasy Occupancy: Sarah Grand, The Beth Book and a Colonial Reader
    By Lydia Wevers

    Alger, Fosdick, and Stratemeyer in the Heartland: Crossover Reading in Muncie, Indiana, 1891–1902
    By Joel Shrock

    Romance in the Province: Reading German Novels in Middletown, USA
    By Lynne Tatlock

    Print Culture and Cosmopolitan Trends in 1890s Muncie, Indiana
    By Frank Felsenstein

    Zones of Connection: Common Reading in a Regional Australian Library
    By Julieanne Lamond

    Organized Print: Clara Steen and Institutional Sites of Reading and Writing in the American Midwest, 1895–1920
    By Christine Pawley