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Work in Hand: Script, Print, and Writing, 1690-1840

Aileen Douglas


Work in Hand: Script, Print, and Writing, 1690–1840 argues that between the late seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries manual writing was a dynamic technology. It examines script in relation to becoming a writer; in constructions of the author; and in emerging ideas of the human. Revising views of print as displacing script, Work in Hand argues that print reproduced script, print generated script, and print shaped understandings of script. In this, the double nature of print, as both moveable type and rolling press, is crucial. During this period, the shapes of letters changed as the mult ... More

Keywords: script, print, manual writing, engraving, copy, autograph, author, human, work, labour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198789185
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198789185.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aileen Douglas, author
Associate Professor, School of English, University of Dublin Trinity College