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Old Books and New Histories

Leslie Howsam. Old Books and New Histories. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006.

This is an introductory ‘state of the discipline’ textbook suitable for undergraduates or first-year graduate students. It gives a brief overview of what is involved in studying ‘book history’, as well as current theories and controversies. From the preface:

These approaches are made through literary studies, bibliography, and history, disciplines with very different and sometimes conflicting problematics, which converge upon a phenomenon that is simultaneously a written text, a material object, and a cultural transaction – the book.

1: Disciplinary Boundaries and Interdisciplinary Opportunities

2: Mapping the Interdisciplinarities

3: Models of the Book’s Place in History

4: Where is the Book in History?

5: Cross-Disciplinary Observations: The Mutability of Texts, Print, and Readings

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