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Print Technology in Scotland and America, 1740–1800 by Louis Kirk McAuley (review)

Print Technology in Scotland and America, 1740–1800 by Louis Kirk McAuley (review) Book Reviews{ 941 pursuit of faithful bodies around the Atlantic will make it impossible to imagine Puritanism as a monolithic entity embodied by the writings and devotions of familiar luminaries. jeffReY gloVeR Loyola University Chicago Print Technology in Scotland and America, 1740­1800 loUIs kIRk MCaUleY Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2013 327 pp. In Print Technology in Scotland and America, 1740­1800, Louis Kirk McAuley traces how central Enlightenment figures formed "national consciousness" through strategic uses of print (242). Moving nimbly between the Scottish Highlands, New England, and Virginia, McAuley "provide[s] a content-based analysis of how not merely time . . . but also place" determine print media's value and meaning (22). This value is measured, for McAuley, by its ability to cause or quell noise, which, based on the French theorist Jacques Attali's work on the political economy of music, serves as metaphor for the political tensions from the Great Awakening through the end of the eighteenth century. The book is less about "print technology" and more about print's cultural function. It responds to Michael Warner and Benedict Anderson's work, at times in ways that are rather tired, and at others, quite illuminating. The transatlantic through lines in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

Print Technology in Scotland and America, 1740–1800 by Louis Kirk McAuley (review)

Early American Literature , Volume 50 (3) – Nov 18, 2015

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Book Reviews{ 941 pursuit of faithful bodies around the Atlantic will make it impossible to imagine Puritanism as a monolithic entity embodied by the writings and devotions of familiar luminaries. jeffReY gloVeR Loyola University Chicago Print Technology in Scotland and America, 1740­1800 loUIs kIRk MCaUleY Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2013 327 pp. In Print Technology in Scotland and America, 1740­1800, Louis Kirk McAuley traces how central Enlightenment figures formed "national consciousness" through strategic uses of print (242). Moving nimbly between the Scottish Highlands, New England, and Virginia, McAuley "provide[s] a content-based analysis of how not merely time . . . but also place" determine print media's value and meaning (22). This value is measured, for McAuley, by its ability to cause or quell noise, which, based on the French theorist Jacques Attali's work on the political economy of music, serves as metaphor for the political tensions from the Great Awakening through the end of the eighteenth century. The book is less about "print technology" and more about print's cultural function. It responds to Michael Warner and Benedict Anderson's work, at times in ways that are rather tired, and at others, quite illuminating. The transatlantic through lines in

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Early American LiteratureUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 18, 2015

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