History of the Book - Reading Group (Defacing Books)

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Nov 04, 2010
from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM

Where

Attenborough 1315

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Alison Wiggins, 'What did Renaissance Readers Write in their Printed Copies of Chaucer?' (2008).

Extracts from William H Serman, Used Books: Marking Readers in Renaissance England (2008)

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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