History of the Book

The Townsend-sponsored History of the Book Working Group meets to discuss a wide variety of topics related to this up and coming field: reading practices, the impact of print culture on the creation and transmission of knowledge, and the materiality of the text. Not surprisingly, we believe that this is a field that both underpins the history of many different kinds of knowledge and one with a potential to interest people in a variety of disciplines. Group members are working on subjects ranging from medieval scribal culture, through the rise of lending libraries, to the evolution of reading and writing technologies. History, art, economics, media studies, pedagogy, and material sciences are just some of the fields that are represented in charting the history of books and texts.

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