Words in a Nutshell: Miniaturizing Texts in Early Modern England

Miniature Books - The Format and Function of Tiny Religious Texts - Kristina Myrvold

Lucy Razzall [+-]
University College London
Dr Lucy Razzall is a Teaching Fellow in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at University College London. Her research focuses on literature and material culture in early modern England.

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Miniature books, handwritten or printed books in the smallest format, have fascinated religious people, printers, publishers, collectors, and others through the centuries because of their unique physical features, and continue to captivate people today. The small lettering and the delicate pages, binding, and covers highlight the material form of texts and invite sensory engagement and appreciation. This volume addresses miniature books with a special focus on religious books in Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist traditions. The book presents various empirical contexts for how the smallest books have been produced, distributed, and used in different times and cultures and also provides theoretical reflections and comments that discuss the divergent formats and functions of books.

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Razzall, Lucy. Words in a Nutshell: Miniaturizing Texts in Early Modern England. Miniature Books - The Format and Function of Tiny Religious Texts. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2019. ISBN 9781781798614. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=37762. Date accessed: 21 Jul 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.37762. Oct 2019

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