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Printers' Devices and the Author Function in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Languages. Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies. (Den kulturvetenskapliga forskningsgruppen)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0283-2540
2015 (English)In: 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 14-17, 2015, 2015Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This essay investigates the printers’ devices found in early editions of Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. Such devices by definition function as early trademarks for the printers. However, there is still room for an inquiry into possible connections between the devices and the volumes they introduce. My main argument is that the device in later editions of The Faerie Queene is no longer primarily used as a printer’s trade mark but has become associated with the volume printed, and thus being part of the gradual expansion in the period of what Focault calls the “author function.” My approach will be deliberately narrow in that I will restrict myself to these title pages, and giving special attention to the printers’ devices.

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2015.
Keyword [en]
Device, Spenser, Title Page
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
English
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-39849OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-39849DiVA: diva2:901847
Conference
50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 14-17, 2015
Funder
Swedish Research Council, C0049701
Available from: 2016-02-09 Created: 2016-02-09 Last updated: 2016-02-26Bibliographically approved

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