‘Rend and teare in peeces’: Textual Fragmentation in Seventeenth-Century England

Smyth, Adam
April 2004
Seventeenth Century;Spring2004, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p36
Academic Journal
This article examines the manuscript miscellany of Sir John Gibson, composed while Gibson was imprisoned in Durham Castle during the English Civil War. In particular, the article explores Gibson's habit of inserting in the manuscript pages torn or cut from printed books, which were often augmented or altered with Gibson's own manuscript notes. The article considers the implications of this fragmenting and reworking of printed texts for ideas of the author, the reader, and the culture of print, and it also relates this interest in textual fragmentation to the condition of disenfranchised Royalists in England in the 1650s.


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