The History of the Book and Textual Editing

Image of English manuscriptThe School of English has a long-standing tradition of research into the History of the Book: this  interdisciplinary field concerns the transmission and reception of written, printed, and electronic texts. We have specialists working on research projects ranging from editions of major authors, to studies of manuscript circulation, and investigations into the history of reading. Descriptions of current and recently completed projects in textual editing and book history can be found by clicking the links below.

To aid the exchange of ideas between periods and disciplines, the History of the Book Reading Group meets regularly each autumn (with the odd ‘bonus’ event in the spring). At this forum staff and postgraduates read examples of seminal or topical research and join in informal discussion.

The University of Leicester’s David Wilson Library has substantial archival and printed collections, including rare medieval manuscripts and Victorian periodicals. There is a dedicated area for the study of the History of the Book.

Click below to see the research currently being undertaken

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