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Boxes and Books in Early Modern England
Materiality, Metaphor, Containment

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  • Date Published: August 2021
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108831338

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  • In early modern England, boxes furnished minds as readily as they furnished rooms, shaping ideas about the challenges of interpretation, and negotiations of the book itself as text and material object. Engaging with recent work on material culture and the history of the book, Lucy Razzall weaves together close readings of texts and objects, from wills, plays, sermons and religious polemic, to chests, book-bindings, reliquaries and coffins. She demonstrates how the material and imaginative possibilities of the box were dynamically connected in post-Reformation England, structuring modes of thought. These early modern responses to materiality offer ways in which the discipline of book history might reframe its analysis of the material text. In tracing the early modern significance of the box as matter and metaphor, this book reveals the origins of some of the enduring habits of thought with which we still respond to people, texts and things.

    • Explores the box as object and idea in early modern culture
    • Brings scholarship on the Reformation together with perspectives on material culture
    • Sheds new light on the relationships between early modern literature and material culture.
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2021
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108831338
    • dimensions: 236 x 157 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Chests of the Mind in Early Modern England
    2. The Renaissance of the Box: Metaphors of Interpretation
    3. The Word in a Box: Reforming the Book
    4. How to Read a Reliquary
    5. 'Because This Box We Know': Embodying the Box.

  • Author

    Lucy Razzall
    Lucy Razzall has held research and teaching positions at Cambridge, Queen Mary University of London, and University College London. She has published essays on material texts and material culture in the early modern period, on subjects including relics, emblems, and print culture.

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