Category New Publications

New publication: Ingo Berensmeyer: A Short Media History of English Literature (Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter, 2022)

This new book which is relevant to our readers and followers was published in August 2022. The author is Ingo Berensmeyer from LMU Munich. The book “focuses on literature as a changing combination of material and immaterial features” (according to its blurb) and is fully open access here.

New publication: Sarah Maaß/Dennis Boghardt: Der Wert der Preise – Valorisierungsdynamik in der deutschen Literaturpreislandschaft 1990-2019 (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2022)

The large-scale research project at the University of Duisburg-Essen on literary prizes in the German-language area, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) from 2017 to 2021, has drawn to a close. In addition to an edited volume reviewed here two years ago, the research group has now published another major output, an expansive monograph […]

New Publication: Helmut Hilz: Geschichte des Buches. Von der Alten Welt bis zur Gegenwart (München: C.H. Beck 2022)

In this volume, Helmut Hilz, the director of the library of the “Deutsches Museum” in Munich, offers an overview of the history of the book: starting with the question of what a book actually is, the first written documents in the Near East and antiquity, the development of manuscripts and book printing over the centuries, […]

New Publication: Steffen Martus/Carlos Spoerhase: Geistesarbeit. Eine Praxeologie der Geisteswissenschaften (Berlin: Suhrkamp Verlag 2022)

In their monograph, Martus and Spoerhase discuss what distinguishes the practice(s) of the humanities from other scholarly fields. They examine rules, theories and spaces of practice and explain what research, teaching and administration actually mean in everyday academic life. In this way, they offer a new perspective on the humanities and the labor involved in […]

New Publication: Arthur der Weduwen, Malcolm Walsby: The Book World of Early Modern Europe. Essays in Honour of Andrew Pettegree. 2 vols. (Leiden/Boston: Brill 2022)

Andrew Pettegree is one of the most important scholars on the history of the Reformation, the book and communication. On the occasion of his 65th birthday, an opulent two-volume Festschrift was published which reflects his areas of interest and expertise. The contributions by a total of 43 scholars deal with Reformation and religious culture, religious […]

New Publication: Simon Portmann: Zwischen Wissensverbreitung und wirtschaftlichem Profit: Eine ,Nachdrucker-Gesellschaft’ in der zweiten Hälfte des 18. Jahrhunderts (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2022).

Nowadays, copyright is firmly established. In the 18th century, on the contrary, there was no such copyright, which made reprints of works a common practice of book printers. This reprinting gave the authors a new form of distribution and readers access to literature. However, these reprints were also heavily criticised, especially by authors, because they […]

New Publication: Julien Bérard: Kommunikation, Wissensproduktion und Kartographie. Abraham Ortelius und die Kartenproduktion im Antwerpen des späten 16. Jahrhunderts. (Marburg: Tectum, 2020).

Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598) plays an important role in the history of cartography in the Netherlands in the early modern period. He designed several maps in Antwerp at the end of the 16th century and was thus active at a crossroads of European trade and media culture. He incorporated the information of his time into his […]

New publication: Franziska Wilke: Digital Lesen. Wandel und Kontinuität einer literarischen Praktik (Bielefeld: transcript, 2022)

Franziska Wilke (Frankfurt) has recently published a book on digital reading that may be of interest to our readers and associated members. The book, published with transcript in the series “Literatur in der digitalen Gesellschaft”, is available fully open access here.

New publication: Jahrbuch für Kommunikationsgeschichte, vol. 24 (2022)

This year’s volume of Jahrbuch für Kommunikationsgeschichte has been published; one of the editors, Daniel Bellingradt, is an associated member of our network, along with Astrid Blome and Jörg Requate. As is tradition, the ample review section is available open access. More information and access can be found here.

Norbert Bachleitner: Censorship of Literature in Austria 1751–1848. Leiden/Boston: Brill 2022.

In 2017, Norbert Bachleitner, Professor emeritus of Comparative Literature at the University of Vienna, Austria, wrote the book Die literarische Zensur in Österreich von 1751 bis 1848, as we indicated on this blog. Daniel Syrovy, Petr Píša and Michael Wögerbauer contributed chapters. Censorship dominated literature, culture and science during the Habsburg monarchy. Bachleitner looks at […]