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History of the World in 25 Books: History of the Book
Book History (sometimes called History of Print Culture or History of Material Texts) combines history, literary studies, and bibliography. Historian Robert Darnton described it as an attempt “to understand how ideas were transmitted by print and how exposure to the printed word affected the thought and behavior of mankind during the last five hundred years” (What Is the History of Books?, 1982).
The course begins with the premise that we can approach printed texts as objects of study in three major ways: 1) as material objects with artifactual value, 2) as vehicles for text, and 3) as social constructs and agents of social change. We will learn to examine books as physical objects and to understand the processes by which they were created, and we'll consider the role of books in the societies that produced them and the ways in which print conveys and shapes texts.
Old Books and New Histories : An orientation to studies in book and print culture by Leslie Howsam
Call Number: Z4 .H695 2006
Publication Date: Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 2006
The coming of the book : the impact of printing 1450-1800 by Lucien Febvre and Henri-Jean Martin ; translated by David Gerard
Call Number: Z4 .F413 1976
Publication Date: London : N.L.B., 1976.
The printing press as an agent of change : communications and cultural transformations in early modern Europe by Elizabeth L. Eisenstein
Call Number: Z124 .E37
Publication Date: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1979.
The Oxford companion to the book by Michael F. Suarez and H.R. Woudhuysen
Call Number: Z4 .O89 2010
Publication Date: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
The book : a global history by Michael F. Suarez, S.J. and H.R. Woudhuysen
Call Number: Z4 .B66 2013
Publication Date: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013
Books as history : the importance of books beyond their texts by David Pearson
Call Number: Z4 P43 2008
Publication Date: London : British Library ; New Castle, DE : Oak Knoll Press, 2008
The Broadview reader in book history by Michelle Levy & Tom Mole