EDPOP: The European Dimensions of Popular Print Culture


Rita Schlusemann, Helwi Blom, Anna Katharina Richter and Krystyna Wierzbicka-Trwoga, Top Ten Fictional Narratives in Early Modern Europe. Translation, Dissemination and Mediality. De Gruyter 2023 < Top Ten Fictional Narratives in Early Modern Europe (degruyter.com)>

This volume examines the ten most popular fictional narratives in early modern Europe between 1470 and 1800. Each of these narratives was marketed in numerous European languages and circulated throughout several centuries. Combining literary studies and book history, this work offers for the first time a transnational perspective on a selected text corpus of this genre. It explores the spatio-temporal transmission of the texts in different languages and the materiality of the editions: the narratives were bought, sold, read, translated and adapted across European borders, from the south of Spain to Iceland and from Great Britain to Poland. Thus, the study analyses the multi-faceted processes of cultural circulation, translation and adaptation of the texts. In their diverse forms of mediality such as romance, drama, ballad and penny prints, they also make a significant contribution to a European identity in the early modern period. The narrative texts examined here include Apollonius, Septem sapientum, Amadis de Gaula, Fortunatus, Pierre de Provence et la belle Maguelonne, Melusine, Griseldis, Aesopus’ Life and Fables, Reynaert de vos and Till Ulenspiegel.

Children and Chapbooks: A Middle Modern Encounter. A Virtual Exhibition by Elisa Marazzi and Newcastle University Special Collections (2021)

Sabrina Minuzzi (ed.), Printing Medical Knowledge: Vernacular Genres, Reception and Dissemination, special issue of Nuncius. Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science, no. 2/2021 (Brill).

Matthew Grenby, Elisa Marazzi and Jeroen Salman, European Dimensions of Popular Print Culture, special issue of Quaerendo, Volume 51 (2021): Issue 1-2 (May 2021) (eISSN: 1570-0690; Print ISSN: 0014-9527).

Massimo Rospocher, Jeroen Salman and Hannu Salmi (eds.), Crossing Borders, Crossing Cultures. Popular Print in Europe (1450–1900), Series: Studies in Early Modern and Contemporary European History (De Gruyter Oldenbourg 2019). ISBN 978-3-11-064354-1

David Atkinson and Steve Roud (eds.), Cheap Print and the People: European Perspectives on Popular Literature. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019. ISBN(13): 978-1-5275-3514-5

Rita Schlusemann, Schöne Historien. Niederländische Romane im deutschen Spätmittelalter und in der Frühen Neuzeit (De Gruyter 2016).

Joad Raymond and Noah Moxham (eds.) News Networks in Early Modern Europe (Leiden and Boston: Brill Publishers, 2016). Available in Open Access.