Erne alone cites the writings of Pierre Bourdieu, even though much of this scholarship rests on the foundation of Bourdieu's thought.
Why, we might wonder for example, has no one compiled the publication records of early modern playwrights as Erne does to great effect?
8) Erne cites his own Shakespeare as Literary Dramatist (2003), which he says poses the question Shakespeare and the Book Trade attempts to answer.
In what follows, I will discuss each book in turn, starting with Erne who deserves pride of place because he's a big reason these books were written in the first place.
There's another sense in which Erne does not like to argue: much of Shakespeare and the Book Trade comprises an impressive assemblage of the scholarship about Shakespeare's relationship with the book trade and print culture.
In the example cited above, Erne tends to treat popularity as an objective phenomenon (with reprint rates acting as its index).