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For McDonald, interpreting Bourdieu, the Victorian literary text found itself in a predicament, that is, in a condition shaped by the design and format and marketing program applied to it by its publisher as well as its author. That text had been written by an author, but unlike Darnton's conceptualization of individualized, atomized authors and publishers, McDonald stresses the complexity of a literary culture. In turn-of-the-century London there were numerous groups and subgroups, many layers of status, numerous possible positions occupied by individuals in both categories.

Nevertheless, in the last twenty years the scholarship on reading and publishing in past cultures has convincingly demonstrated that the agency in question is human and social, not mechanical. 10 The significance of the new consensus, however, with its implication that print does not necessarily serve to fix a text, now or in the past that print is only relatively less malleable and unstable a form than the computer screen or the copyist's script - is just beginning to be recognized. Once the agency associated with the object-book is located in the collective hands of its authors, compilers, editors, plagiarists, printers, and publishers, along with those of people in such related positions as bookseller, librarian, and reader-aloud, it is possible to consider the complex way in which books mediate between author and reader in the lransmission of ideas.

12 One contributor to the section, Adrian Johns, has written extensively about this very issue. Briefly in a 1994 article, and in a full-length monograph, The Nature of the Book, in Igg8,Johns has demonstrated that: Where work has been done, its concentration on fixity has tended to draw attention away from, rather than towards, the labour exerted by actors to keep their products stable across space and time. The effect has been still to privilege the work of certain individuals and institutions over others.

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