Book History

Reading Schedule



Part I: Context

1/26: Introduction

2/2: N. Katherine Hayles and Jessica Pressman, “Making, Critique: A Media Framework,” introduction to Comparative Textual Media: Transforming the Humanities in the Postprint Era (University of Minnesota Press, 2013)
–Andrew Piper, Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times (entire book)

2/9- Nicole Howard, The Book: The Life Story of a Technology (entire book)

Part II: Book History
**all readings are in Book History Reader unless otherwise stated**

2/16- Robert Darnton, “What is the History of Books?”
D.F. McKenzie, “The Book as an Expressive Form”

2/23- Jerome McGann, “The Socialization of Texts”
Roger Chartier, “Labourers and Voyagers: From the Text to the Reader”

3/1- Adrian Johns, “The Book of Nature and the Nature of the Book”
Pierre Bourdieu, “The Field of Cultural Production”

3/8- Roger Chartier, “The Practical Impact of Writing”
Elizabeth Eisenstein, “Defining the Initial Shift”

3/15- Special Collections visit. Professor Pressman at “Book Charismas” Conference at NYU Abu Dhabi

3/22- D.F. McKenzie, “The Sociology of a Text”
Stanley Fish, “Interpreting the Variorum
Janice Radway, “A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, literary taste, and middle-class desire”

3/29–Spring Break. No class

Part III: The History of Authorship and/in the Novel

4/5—Michel Foucault, “What is an Author?”
Mark Rose, “Literary Property Determined”
John Brewer, “Authors, Publishers and Literary Culture”

4/12- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (volumes I-III) (Penguin Classics edition, edited by Melvyn New and Joan New)

4/19- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (volumes IV-VI)
-in-class peer review of final project proposal

***Proposal and Annotated Bibliography due April 21@ midnight (posted to blog)***

4/26- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (volumes VII-IX)
Additional Reading: Jay David Bolter, Writing Space: Computers, Hypertext, and the Remediation of Print (Introduction: “The Late Age of Print” and Chapter 2: “Writing as Technology,”).
-Presentation of final projects

5/3—Presentation of final projects and Concluding Discussion

***5/13– Friday @ midnight: Final Project Due. Posted to the blog***