For over five hundred years in the West, a particular form of the book-the printed codex-has been woven into the fabric of our lives. It has been the default medium for publicly circulating information and entertainment, and has structured the work, leisure and religious devotion of countless people. Now, as the cultural centrality of the printed book is challenged, we are prompted to reassess its value and its place in the history of media change.
Readable but rooted in current scholarship, this introductory guide to book history tries not to privilege any one disciplinary perspective or historical period. Rather, the guide and its accompanying anthology aim to help the reader to find his or her bearings within the field, and to provide a map with which to navigate book history more widely.
Michelle Levy is Professor of English at Simon Fraser University. Tom Mole is Reader in English Literature and Director of the Centre for the History of the Book at the University of Edinburgh.
Chapter 1: Materiality Reading Books Bibliography Making Printed Books Typography Chapter 2: Textuality Whose been tampering with my text? Copy-text Variants Authorial Intentions Textual Pluralism Chapter 3: Printing and Reading Print and the Book The Impact of Print Models for Book History Print Economies Controlling Print / Controlling Reading Methods for a History of Reading Chapter 4: Intermediality Models of Intermediality Orality and Writing Manuscript and Print Text and Image Chapter 5: New Media, New Materiality (Hyper)textuality Digital Printing and Screen Reading Reading, Knowledge, and the Digital Turn Works cited Chronology Glossary Further Reading