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The Marketplace of Print Pamphlets and the Public Sphere in Early Modern England by Alexandra (Dartmouth College, New Hampshire) Halasz

The Marketplace of Print Pamphlets and the Public Sphere in Early Modern England


Part of the Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture Series


The Marketplace of Print Pamphlets and the Public Sphere in Early Modern England by Alexandra (Dartmouth College, New Hampshire) Halasz

Early modern pamphlets serve as an important vehicle for examining print culture, particularly the historical entanglement between the technology of print and a developing capitalism. Attention to the controversies surrounding their circulation reveals that pamphlets became a focus for anxieties about print culture in general. Alexandra Halasz combines close readings of pamphlets by Robert Greene, Thomas Nashe, Gabriel Harvey, Thomas Deloney and John Taylor, among others, with a discussion of the history and deployment of print technology and its specifically English organization as a monopoly. Taking account of the theoretical and historical issues surrounding textual property, authorship and publicity, The Marketplace of Print, first published in 1997, is both a work of historical recovery and a reflection on the ongoing problems of the relationship between the marketplace and the public sphere.


Those readers desiring a theoretical and largely economic approach to the production and dissemination of early modern pamphlets will be impressed...with both the content and dexterity of the analysis.

Paul J. Voss, South Atlantic Review This is a valuable addition to existing studies of prose writing and the book trade...

Studies in English Literature This book will appeal most to literary 'new historicists

'cultural materialists'
but can be read with profit by traditional historians.

American Historical Review

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Publication date

30th October 2006


Alexandra (Dartmouth College, New Hampshire) Halasz

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Cambridge University Press


256 pages


Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800



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