Ron and Mary Zboray Sign Contract

Ronald J. Zboray and Mary Saracino Zboray have been contracted with Oxford University Press to edit The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, Volume 5, U.S. Popular Print to 1860. 

Forty scholars from diverse disciplines, including American Indian and Native Studies, American Studies, Communication, Comparative Literature, English, Film Studies, History, Journalism, Library Science, Music, Popular Culture Studies, Religion, and Women’s Studies, will be contributing essays on a variety of topics relevant to popular print culture from its beginnings in the Americas and the transatlantic world to 1860.  Essays will explore the intersections between print culture and class, ethnicity, gender, and race, and will push the boundaries of print culture to include the co-existing cultures of orality and manuscript production that often challenged, and even subverted, print’s hegemony.  Global influences upon the formation and flourishing of popular print culture in the United States will be considered.  Essay topics include: Bookstores and Other Retailing, Black Slave Narratives, Captivity Narratives, Catholic Publishing, Lyceums Public Lectures and Print, Oral Genres and Print, Native American Imprints and Readers, Spanish Language Publications, and Women Readers and Writers. 

The volume is scheduled for publication in 2018. 

Ronald J. Zboray is director of the Cultural Studies Program at Pitt and professor in the Department of Communication where Mary Saracino Zboray is a Visiting Scholar.  Together they have published four books on U.S. print culture and reading, and on antebellum women’s partisan rhetoric. They have won numerous prizes for their publications including the 2011 Everett Lee Hunt Award given annually by the Eastern Communication Association for a “major contribution to the understanding of rhetoric and communication,” and the Prize for Best Journalism and Mass Communication History Book Published in 2006, given by the History Division, of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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