Printing and book culture in late Imperial China

Cynthia Joanne Brokaw (Editor), Kai-wing Chow (Editor)

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Despite the importance of books and the written word in Chinese society, the history of the book in China is a topic that has been little explored. This book of essays—written by historians, art historians, and literary scholars—introduces the major issues in the social and cultural history of the book in late imperial China. Informed by insights from the rich literature on the history of the Western book, these essays investigate the relationship between the manuscript and print culture; the emergence of urban and rural publishing centers; the expanding audience for books; the development of niche markets and specialized publishing of fiction, drama, non-Han texts, and genealogies; and more.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationBerkeley
PublisherUniversity of California Press
Number of pages539
ISBN (Print)9780520231269
StatePublished - 2005

Publication series

NameStudies on China


  • Publishers and publishing
  • Social Sciences
  • Education
  • Qing Dynasty (China)
  • China
  • Electronic books
  • Book Studies & Arts
  • Books


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