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 texts.
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.
Javierra Barrientos: 358:320 Issues and Problems in Renaissance Literature and Culture (Spring 2024; undergraduate)
Andrew Goldstone: 350:596 Author, Reader, Field: Literary Sociologies of Modernism and the Twentieth Century (Fall 2021; graduate)
Marcy Schwartz: 16.940.659 Theories of Reading, Practices in Writing in Latin America (Fall 2020; graduate)
Tom Fulton: 350:508 Book History and the Early Modern Text (Spring 2019; graduate)
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
For NYC resources, see the guide produced by Charlotte Priddle and Amanda Watson at NYU
Kate Ozment, Teaching Materiality with Virtual Instruction
Sarah Werner, SHARP in the classroom
Bibliographical Society of America Bibsite