Tag Archives: book history

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.

CfP: Shakespeare Jahrbuch – special issue “Shakespeare and Libraries”

The 2024 volume of Shakespeare Jahrbuch will be a special issue on ‘Shakespeare’s Libraries’. The editorial board invites contributions on related themes, concepts and debates, from a variety of perspectives, in particular on the material afterlife of Shakespeare’s work in editions, collections and libraries through the ages. Contributions with a contemporary or historical perspective are equally welcome. More […]

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: 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 […]

Gutenberg Museum in Mainz: Digital Resources

Even if you can’t make it to Mainz to visit the Gutenberg Museum, there is a lot you can learn from the digital resources on the museum website – from the milestones of Gutenberg’s life to potato printing to insights into contemporary (print) artists’ work. In addition to the exhibitions, the Gutenberg Museum also offers […]

Book History Exhibition Online: UB Heidelberg

The library of the University of Heidelberg’s collections comprise about 1,800 incunabula and about 6,900 manuscripts. The library regularly holds exhibitions on book historical topics, for example on book art in the German Southwest (“Buchkunst im deutschen Südwesten”), forgeries in books (“FAKE: Fälschungen, wie sie im Buche stehen”) oder book art of the early 20th […]

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 […]

Two three-year PhD scholarships at WWU Münster, Germany, with a possible focus on Book Studies

The Graduate School Practices of Literature at WWU Münster (https://www.uni-muenster.de/Practices-of-Literature/en/index.shtml) invites international applications for two PhD scholarships starting on October 1, 2023. The three-year scholarships are part of the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) funded by the Federal Foreign Ministry in collaboration with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Within the English Department, PhD candidates […]