On the Edge of the Cliff: History, Language and Practices (Parallax: Re-visions of Culture and Society)

The Johns Hopkins University Press

The importance of history has been powerfully reaffirmed in recent years by the appearance of major new authors, pathbreaking works, and fresh interpretations of historical events, trends, and methods. Responding to these developments, Roger Chartier engages several of the most influential writers of cultural history whose works have spread far beyond academic audiences to become part of contemporary cultural argument.

Correspondence: Models of Letter-Writing from the Middle Ages to the Nineteenth Century

Princeton University Press

Correspondence explores the history of a fascinating cultural practice: the writing of letters. From the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, western societies served a long apprenticeship in the culture of the written word. Although mastery of reading and writing was far from evenly distributed, many tradesmen, shopkeepers, and artisans possessed these skills.

El Juego de las Reglas: Lecturas (Seccion de Obras de Historia)

Fondo de Cultura Económica

In these critical articles, reviews conceived and written as intended in the first instance to the French daily Libération and Le Monde, Roger Chartier shows his analysis of history as a reader. So, we offer an overview of historiography in which emphasizes the act of reading, as the real experience with the other.

History of Private Life, Volume III: Passions of the Renaissance

Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

Readers intersted in history, and in development of the modern sensibility, should relish this large-scale yet intimately detailed examination of the blossoming of the ordinary and extraordinary people of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. This third in popular five-volume series celebrates the emergence of individualism and the manifestatioons of a burgeoning self-consciousness over three centuries.

The Cultural Origins of the French Revolution (Bicentennial Reflections on the French Revolution)

Duke University Press Books

Reknowned historian Roger Chartier, one of the most brilliant and productive of the younger generation of French writers and scholars now at work refashioning the Annales tradition, attempts in this book to analyze the causes of the French revolution not simply by investigating its “cultural origins” but by pinpointing the

Forms and Meanings: Texts, Performances, and Audiences from Codex to Computer (New Cultural Studies)

University of Pennsylvania Press

In this provocative work, Roger Chartier continues his extraordinarily influential consideration of the forms of production, dissemination, and interpretation of discourse in Early Modern Europe. Chartier here examines the relationship between patronage and the market, and explores how the form in which a text is transmitted not only constrains the production of meaning but defines and constructs its audience.

The Order of Books: Readers, Authors, and Libraries in Europe Between the 14th and 18th Centuries

Stanford University Press

Between the end of the Middle Ages and the eighteenth century, what methods were used to monitor and control the increasing number of texts—from the early handwritten books to the later, printed volumes—that were being put into circulation?


Inscription and Erasure: Literature and Written Culture from the Eleventh to the Eighteenth Century

University of Pennsylvania Press

The fear of oblivion obsessed medieval and early modern Europe. Stone, wood, cloth, parchment, and paper all provided media onto which writing was inscribed as a way to ward off loss. And the task was not easy in a world in which writing could be destroyed, manuscripts lost, or books menaced with destruction.

Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia

The University of North Carolina Press

Kathleen Brown examines the origins of racism and slavery in British North America from the perspective of gender. Both a basic social relationship and a model for other social hierarchies, gender helped determine the construction of racial categories and the institution of slavery in Virginia. But the rise of racial slavery also transformed gender relations, including ideals of masculinity.

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