Cultural History of Reading, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0313071675
  • ISBN-13: 9780313071676
  • DDC: 028.9
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 1000 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released June 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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What is it about some books that makes them timeless? Cultural History of Reading looks at books from their earliest beginnings through the present day, in both the U.S. and regions all over the world. Not only fiction and literature, but religious works, dictionaries, scientific works, and home guides such as Mrs. Beeton's all have had an impact on not only their own time and place, but continue to capture the attention of readers today. Volume 1 examines the history of books in regions throughout the world, identifying both literature and nonfiction that was influenced by cultural events of its time. Volume 2 identifies books from the pre-colonial era to the present day that have had lasting significance in the United States. History students and book lovers alike will enjoy discovering the books that have impacted our world.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: The Americas.
2: Canada.
3: Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.
4: The Latin American Diaspora.
5: Europe and Britain.
6: Ancient Greece and Rome.
7: Establishment of Christianity.
8: Medieval Period.
9: The Renaissance.
10: The Enlightenment.
11: Romanticism and the Nineteenth Century.
12: Modernism.
13: Post-Modernism.
14: A Note on the Soviet Union and Post-Soviet Russia.
15: Asia and the Pacific.
16: Imperial China.
17: Modern China.
18: Japan.
19: Korea.
20: Australia and New Zealand.
21: The South Pacific and Melanesia.
22: A Note on Southeast Asia.
23: South Asia and the Indian Sub-Continent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka).
24: The Classical Period.
25: European Arrival and the Colonial Period.
26: Independence.
27: Contemporary Period.
28: Africa and the Middle East.
29: The Pre- and Early Islamic Period.
30: The Ottoman Empire.
31: The Modern Middle East.
32: Post-Colonial Africa.
Appendix—Representative Bibliographies for Other Reading Areas.
Index 1.
About the Contributors.