Book history is the study of the many forms in which human knowledge has been produced and consumed. Despite its name, book history’s methods extend to sociology, literary criticism, archaeology, and library and information science, and its remit extends beyond books, to newspapers, and manuscripts, and sound recording, and by some definitions everything from tattoos to Twitter.
Book-historical tools helped define the digital humanities because they place the media revolutions of our own lifetime within a longer comparative context. And book-historical debates inform every text-based discipline – meaning most of the humanities and some of the social sciences – because they help scholars think about the objects through which we know the world, and about the genealogy of the practices through which we ourselves read, criticize, categorize and transmit them.
The RIB is based in the Rutgers—New Brunswick Department of English
Check out our teaching and research collection here
We work closely with Special Collections and University Archives at Alexander Library and the Black Bibliography Project sponsored by Yale and Rutgers
For NYC resources, see the guide produced by Charlotte Priddle and Amanda Watson at NY
More book history along (and near) the Northeast Corridor at the Princeton Committee for the Study of Books and Media, Penn Material Texts, and the Columbia Book History Colloquium
Bibliographical Society of America Bibsite
Leah Price, Special Collections Book Interview Handout & graduate Methods in Book History syllabus
Meredith McGill, undergraduate Data and Culture Syllabus
Cait Coker, The Special Collections Classroom in the Time of Covid-19
Kate Ozment, Teaching Materiality with Virtual Instruction
Sarah Werner, SHARP in the classroom
Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments, edited by Rebecca Frost Davis, Matthew K. Gold, Katherine D. Harris and Jentery Sayers.
Marcy Schwartz: 16.940.659: Theories of Reading, Practices in Writing in Latin America (Fall 2020; graduate)
Leah Price: 359:460: Topics in Media Theory: Cunneiform to Twitter (Spring 2020; undergraduate)
Leah Price: 350:508 – Methods in History of Books & Reading (Fall 2019; graduate)
Tom Fulton: 350:508 – Book History and the Early Modern Text (Spring 2019; graduate)