By Jason McElligott, E. Patten
This choice of essays illustrates a number of pressures and concerns―both useful and theoretical―related to the research of print tradition. Procedural problems variety from doubts in regards to the reliability of digitized assets to issues with the restricting parameters of 'national' ebook heritage.
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Scholars trained in history may find themselves looking at the outsides of books, at paratexts and edition sequences, and at formats and collations, just as much as they find themselves reading publishers’ correspondence or business records in the archives. And literary scholars will find themselves examining those paratexts, formats, edition sequences and collations as well, even while they take care to locate the work in question in relation to the literary canon. The main point is this: when books in the library are treated as the manifestation 28 Leslie Howsam of the print culture book historians are trying to explain, some of them are primary sources in their own right as material objects.
14. Ludmilla Jordanova, History in Practice, 2nd edn. (London, 2006), pp. 151–2. 15. I am grateful to Mark Vessey, of Green College at the University of British Columbia, who invited me to participate in a symposium on ‘The Bible in British Columbia’ in 2009. 16. Germaine Warkentin, ‘In Search of “The Word of the Other”: Aboriginal Sign Systems and the History of the Book in Canada’, Book History 2 (1999): 1–27. Adams B. Bodomo, Computer-Mediated Communication for Linguistics and Literacy: Technology and Natural Language Education (Hershey, PA, 2010), p.
The latter is explained very well by Ludmilla Jordanova in her book History in Practice. For Jordanova, the most difficult and demanding skill for the student of history is not to master a body of knowledge, but to identify a historical problem. Not just a topic, but a problem that involves explanation and interpretation. Jordanova is conscious of one thing Lamont misses, which is historians’ common understanding of sources. With a great deal of attention to history’s relationships with other disciplines, and a tough-minded chapter on the status of 26 Leslie Howsam historical knowledge in the contemporary world, Jordanova returns constantly to practice and the way historians think about how to handle sources.
The Perils of Print Culture: Book, Print and Publishing History in Theory and Practice by Jason McElligott, E. Patten