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date: 17 July 2019

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Book history, or bibliography, is the study of the materiality of texts. Its premise is that the meaning of texts is influenced by their physical form, their financial and commercial factors, their social distribution, and the various real uses to which they have been put. The purpose of this chapter is to demonstrate the importance of book history to the study of Canadian literature. It explains different methods of working as a book historian. It surveys the history of the book in Canada, from the exploration narratives of New France to the writings of Susanna Moodie to the short stories of Alice Munro. Finally, it cites major contributions to the scholarly literature in this field.

Keywords: book history, bibliography, Canadian literature, Susanna Moodie, Alice Munro, New France

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