Category Essays and Reviews

Book Review: “Literaturpreise. Geschichte, Theorie und Praxis” (eds. D. Borghardt, S. Maaß, A. Pontzen), Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2020.

reviewed by network member Corinna Norrick-Rühl, Münster Literaturpreise. Geschichte, Theorie und Praxis. Eds. Dennis Borghardt, Sarah Maaß, Alexandra Pontzen. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2020. 304 pages. ISBN: 978-3-8260-7068-6. EUR 42.-. Link to book on publisher website. A large-scale research project at the University of Duisburg-Essen, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) since 2017, has […]

Book review: The Edinburgh History of Reading. 4 vols. Eds. Mary Hammond and Jonathan Rose. Edinburgh UP, 2020.

Guest post by our network member Ute Schneider, JGU Mainz The Edinburgh History of Reading. Vols. 1-4: Early Readers, ed. by Mary Hammond. Modern Readers, ed. by Mary Hammond. Common Readers, ed. by Jonathan Rose. Subversive Readers, ed. by Jonathan Rose. Edinburgh University Press 2020. ISBN 978-1-47446191-7, £ 350. Link to publication on Edinburgh UP […]

NEW PUBLICATION: GÜNTHER FETZER: DAS TASCHENBUCH. GESCHICHTE – VERLAGE – REIHEN. TÜBINGEN: FRANCKE, 2019.

Review by Corinna Norrick-Rühl, Münster The history of paperback books is a fascinating topic, since it brings together research on book history, popular culture, fiction and non-fiction, the social history of literature, and many more strands of inquiry. In his new book, Das Taschenbuch. Geschichte – Verlage – Reihen, Günther Fetzer offers an unique handbook-like introduction to […]

Review: Steffen Siegel: Fotogeschichte aus dem Geist des Fotobuchs. Göttingen: Wallstein 2019 (Ästhetik des Buches. 11).

Guest post by Ute Schneider, Gutenberg Institute for World Literature and Written Media / Book Studies, JGU Mainz In the series “Ästhetik des Buches” (Wallstein Verlag), an attractive little volume has been published in which the photography historian Steffen Siegel, Essen, reconstructs the history of photography from the history of the photo book. It is based […]

Review: Autorschaft und Bibliothek. Sammlungsstrategien und Schreibverfahren. Eds. S. Höppner, C. Jessen, J. Münkner & U. Trenkmann. Göttingen: Wallstein 2018 (Kulturen des Sammelns. 2).

Guest post by Ute Schneider, Gutenberg Institute for World Literature and Written Media / Book Studies, JGU Mainz This anthology contains the contributions to a conference organised in 2016 by the project “Autorenbibliotheken: Materialität – Wissensordnung – Performanz” in the Forschungsverbund Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel. The conference contributions were supplemented by further thematically related studies. The […]

New Publication: Alf Lüdtke/Tobias Nanz [Eds.]: Laute, Bilder, Texte. Register des Archivs. Göttingen: V & R unipress 2015.

Published in 2015. ISBN 978-3-8471-0236-6. 137 pp. with 36 images. Available in print (€30.00) and e-book (€23.99).   Link to the publication; link to the table of contents and a sample chapter Review by Stefanie Martin, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz Preserving traces of the past – the main task of an archive – is important […]

New publication: Sandra Oster: Das Autorenfoto in Buch und Buchwerbung. Autorinszenierung und Kanonisierung mit Bildern. Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter 2014 (Archiv für Geschichte des Buchwesens – Studien. 11).

Published in October 2014. ISBN 978-3-11-034632-9. 310 pp. Available in print and e-book (€99.95 each or €149.95 for a combination of print and e-book). Review by Corinna Norrick-Rühl, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz In a humorous 2015 blog post about Frankfurt Book Fair events titled “Denkerfaust in Sepia, oder: Autorenfotos aus der Hölle”, Andrea Diener (Frankfurter Allgemeine […]

Hartfiel/Winnerling: (Making) Use of Books. Complete PDF and first issue of blog series

We are now delighted to publish the first issue of our series “Essays” as a PDF for open access download. The series is edited by our blog administration team: Doris Lechner, Corinna Norrick-Rühl, Alexander Starre and Simone Zweifel; it will appear irregularly as essays are published on the blog. Essays No. 1 (October/November 2015) The […]

(Making) Use of Books: Counting, Measuring, Weighing, Reading. What Use is ‘Materiality’ in Examining Early Modern Books? / Collections & Conclusion (Post 4/4)

Guest post by Kristina Hartfiel & Tobias Winnerling, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, Lehrstuhl für Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit. This series of guest posts is inspired the workshop „Vom (Be-)Nutzen der Bücher“ – „About (Making) Use of Books“ (cf. https://bookhistorynetwork.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/conference-book-use-the-practices-of-using-books-in-the-early-modern-period-dusseldorf-november-14-15-2014/) (Making) Use of Books: Counting, Measuring, Weighing, Reading. What Use is ‘Materiality’ in Examining Early […]

(Making) Use of Books: Counting, Measuring, Weighing, Reading. What Use is ‘Materiality’ in Examining Early Modern Books? / Paratexts (Post 3/4)

Guest post by Kristina Hartfiel & Tobias Winnerling, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, Lehrstuhl für Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit. This series of guest posts is inspired the workshop „Vom (Be-)Nutzen der Bücher“ – „About (Making) Use of Books“ (cf. https://bookhistorynetwork.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/conference-book-use-the-practices-of-using-books-in-the-early-modern-period-dusseldorf-november-14-15-2014/) (Making) Use of Books: Counting, Measuring, Weighing, Reading. What Use is ‘Materiality’ in Examining Early […]