<研究ノート>書物の歴史 : アメリカン・アンティクエリアン・ソサエティの研究プログラム <NOTE>The History of the Book : The American Antiquarian Society's Program
This article considers several issues in the history of the book in America by introducing the American Antiquarian Society's Program in the History of the Book in American Culture. The Society established the Program in 1983 in order to "focus the Society s considerable resources on pro moting an emerging field of interdisciplinary inquiry." Founded in 1812 by Isaiah Thomas, the leading printer and publisher of the revolutionary and early national era, the Society has long been interested in the history of printing and accumulated the unrivaled collections of pre-twentieth-century American imprints. Supplementing this foundation in collections and bibliographical studies is the so-called new history of the book which originated in France by Lucian Fevre, Henri-Jean Martin, and Francois Furet, and has been advanced by such American scholars specializing in early modern European history as Robert Darnton and Elizabeth Eisenstein. Furthermore, new trends in American literary studies, restoring historical context to the critical process, have showed their promise for developing research in this field. In pursuing its goals, the Society's Program undertakes a number of activities including conferences, publications, and research fellowships. Distinctive among these activities are 1) annual Rus-sell Wiggins Lecture by leading scholars to bring forth important conceptual statements; 2) summer seminar to offer intensive training in methodologies and concepts. A major goal of the Program is the publication of multi-volume, collaborative history of the book in American culture under the general editorship of Program Chairman David D. Hall.
同志社アメリカ研究 29, 63-73, 1993-03-25