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The Crisis of Literature in the 1790s: Print Culture and the Public Sphere

by Paul Keen

The following form allows users to conduct keyword searches of the entire book The Crisis of LIterature in the 1790s: Print Culture and the Public Sphere, written by Paul Keen and published by Cambridge University Press, 2000. Queries return a short excerpt for every occurrence of the queried word in the text. This search function is provided by Cambridge University Press as a courtesy to its readers. It is designed to serve as a tool for scholars currently working with the text and to help prospective readers familiarize themselves with the contents of the text. Users can also read and search the complete text of the book's first chapter, "The Republic of Letters," by clicking here.






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Each term may be preceded by the standard Boolean operators not, and, or or. If you search for " dogs not pizzas", you'll find all documents containing the word " dogs" except those documents which also contain the word " pizzas". If you type in " and hot and dog and pizzas", you'll find only those documents which contain all three search terms. The default value is or. Thus, a search for " hot dog pizzas" would return pages with at least one of the three terms.

Altavista's shorthand notation works too. A search on " dogs -pizzas" is equivalent to the first example, and " +hot +dog +pizzas" will return the same documents as the second.

To group a collection of words, use quotes. For example, the query "Zoltan Milosevic" (quotes included) would not generate a hit from "Slobodan Milosevic met with Zoltan Smith". Without quotes, the sentence would count. Boolean operators can also act on quotations: a search on ' +the +kitten not "the kitten"' would return only those documents where " the" and " kitten" appear separately.

The search engine finds strings, not words. A search for " in" would turn up " bin", " inside", and " acquaintance" as well as " in". Note that more complex wildcard searches using the asterisk are not permitted.

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