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Printing and Book Culture in Late Imperial China$
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Cynthia Brokaw

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520231269

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520231269.001.0001

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The Ascendance of the Imprint in China

The Ascendance of the Imprint in China

(p.55) Two The Ascendance of the Imprint in China
Printing and Book Culture in Late Imperial China

Joseph McDermott

University of California Press

This chapter examines the history of imprint in China. It questions the univocal account of printing during the Song dynasty and attempts to determine when the imprint eventually replaced the handwritten copy as the principal medium for the Chinese book. The chapter highlights the profound impact on the social, political, and intellectual history of China. It evaluates how the literate elite's world of learning evolved and what role it played in the making of Chinese culture from the eleventh to the seventeenth century.

Keywords:   imprint, China, printing, Song dynasty, Chinese book, social history, political history, intellectual history, literate elite, Chinese culture

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