Genealogies of the Study of Material Texts The French Trajectory

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Roger Chartier


This essay is devoted to the different branches of the French material textual tree. Analytical bibliography was not one of them. The decisive elements were the attention paid by H.-J. Martin to the lay-out of the texts as a fundamental source for the history of reading, the reception of McKenzie’s sociology of texts and motto “forms effect meaning”, and the appropriation of Petrucci’s association between morphological description and social history of the written objects. 


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