‘But to whose charge shall I lay it? Your Printer is all readie loaden’ – The Rhetoric of Printers’ Errors in Early Modern Religious Disputes

Day, Matthew (2021) ‘But to whose charge shall I lay it? Your Printer is all readie loaden’ – The Rhetoric of Printers’ Errors in Early Modern Religious Disputes. In: UNSPECIFIED UNSPECIFIED. (Accepted)

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Abstract

Although modern scholarship has increasingly turned its attention to errata sheets, there has been little study of the way that the idea of printers’ errors was used in texts of religious disputes. The humanist training, combined with the understanding of the processes of print production that many of those involved in such confrontations had, meant that they were alive to the problem of textual errors. Throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, religious controversialists of all persuasions used the presence of textual errors to challenge opponents and find fault with their learning, scholarship, attentiveness and integrity. Those attacked deployed the idea to blame printers or dismissed attention to their errors as petulant. Among early-modern scholars, therefore, a discourse of printers’ errors emerged, which could be used to gain rhetorical advantage. Ironically, despite the religious context of these debates, authors showed remarkably little sense of Christian charity in their attempts to gain the upper hand.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: printers’ errors, religious disputes, controversialists, rhetoric, discourse, blame, scholarship
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ian Walker
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2021 16:15
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:06
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/706227

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