Gendered spheres: Theorizing space in the English printing house

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The English printing house was initially conceived, legally, as a printing house, with public work taking place in a private setting. This private space emphasised the traditional hierarchies of political and legal order: Women’s work that took place within the printing house thus fell into the traditional role of household labours. This erasure of labour is one that foregrounds the erasure of women’s writing from history; women who worked in essence as publishers, as printers and booksellers, are very clearly present in the historical records but invisible in our narratives of book history. How did this erasure happen, and why is their presence, and work, overlooked? If we consider the language of space in theory and reread Moxon’s Mechanickal Exercises closely, we see the ways in which the ideas of space itself can be implicitly gendered, and how this might shape our idea of the printing house.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-336
Number of pages14
JournalSeventeenth Century
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 27 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Joseph Moxon
  • Print history
  • womenprinters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History

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