Printed Marginalia, Extractive Reading, and Josuah Sylvester’s Devine Weekes (1605)
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Modern Philology: critical and historical studies in postclassical literature
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'This article seeks to reduce the historical distance between earlier and later readings of Du Bartas’s epic poetry by showing how early responses to these poems were contingent on the material forms in which they were read [....] Why were the Semaines printed so often? How did page layout vary between different editions and translations? What can the printed page tell us about the expectations and ideas that readers brought to these poems? How did readers use their copies, and how should we?'