History of the Book - Reading Group (Stealing Books)

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Oct 21, 2010
from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM


Att. 13.15

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Extracts from Adrian Johns, Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates

This reading group aims to introduce a wide range of postgraduate students, both MA and research, to the exciting methodological approaches emerging from modern scholarship on book history and the related field of material culture. The history of the book, which examines how issues such as production, dissemination, consumption, censorship, and the impact of technological change all contribute to our understanding of textual artefacts, is one of the most vibrant areas of current scholarship in the arts and humanities. It provides a methodology that will be relevant to postgraduate students working on a variety of subject areas and periods. The seminar is a chance for informal discussion on issues which relate to our research, and for a bit of socialising too.

Each meeting of the group will be based around recent works in the field of book history, with the particular emphasis this semester on Books and Transgression. The reading will be made available as photocopies and placed on top of the postgraduate pigeon holes (outside room 1312) a week ahead of each meeting. All participants will be asked to read the work in advance and consider their own responses to it for the discussion at the meeting.

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