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The Book Worlds of East Asia and Europe, 1450-1850Connections and Comparisons$
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Joseph P. McDermott and Peter Burke

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208081

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208081.001.0001

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The Book Worlds of East Asia and Europe, 1450-1850

Peter Kornicki

Hong Kong University Press

Peter Kornicki discusses consumption, examining both books for women and women readers in early modern East Asia, including Korea, Japan and Vietnam as well as China. He compares the rise of printing in the vernacular and the proliferation of conduct books for women in East Asia with similar trends in Europe, but also notes important differences, notably the ‘lack of anxiety about women’s literacy’ in East Asia and the greater emphasis on religious messages in the West.

Keywords:   Europe, Asia, Eurasia, Book history, Book culture, Book Printing, Technology, Publishing, Book distribution, Book consumption

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