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Book Culture and Assembled Selves in the English Renaissance

Abstract The rise of print book culture in sixteenth-century England had profound effects on understandings of identity that are reflected in the prose, poetry, and drama of the age. Drawing on assemblage and actor-network theory, this dissertation argues that models of identity constructed in relation to books in Renaissance England are neither static nor self-contained, arising instead out of a collaborative engagement with books as physical objects that tap into historically specific cultural discourses. Renaissance representations of book usage blur the boundary between human beings and their books, both as textual carriers and as physical artifacts.

The first chapter outlines the relationship between book history and assemblage theory to exa... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Adams, John Henry (Author) / Fox, Cora (Advisor) / Moulton, Ian F (Committee member) / Ryner, Bradley D (Committee member) / Irish, Bradley J (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject English literature / Literature / assemblage theory / book history / historical bibliography / identity / object-oriented ontology / self
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 254 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation English 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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