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Readership: Students and scholars of early modern literature and the history of the book
Helen Smith, Lecturer in Early Modern Literature, University of York
Helen Smith is Lecturer in Renaissance Literature at the University of York. She has published widely on the history of books and reading, and is co-editor (with Louise Wilson) of Renaissance Paratexts (Cambridge, 2011). She is Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded project, 'Conversion Narratives in Early Modern Europe'.
"brings a wealth of new insights to the field of book history" - Alice Eardley, Journal of the Northern Renaissance
"Smith's emphasis on materiality certainly alerts us to some tantalizing glimpses of the place of women in both printing houses and Stationers' Hall." - Maureen Bell, Times Literary Supplement
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Introduction: 'Grossly Material Things'
1: 'Pen'd with double art': Women at the Scene of Writing
2: 'A dame, an owner, a defendresse': Women, Patronage, and Print
3: 'A free Stationers wife of this companye': Women and the Stationers
4: 'Certaine women brokers and peddlers': Beyond the London Book Trades
5: 'No deformitie can abide before the sunne': Imagining Early Modern Women's Reading
Bibliography of Works Cited