Schedule

Readings are due for the day on which they are listed. Online readings are linked. Other readings can be downloaded in a password-protected zip file. WARNING: It’s a big (460MB) file! We will give you the password to unzip the file in class. If you have any trouble with the download email Prof. Cordell.

Chaper 1: Tools of the Trade

Case Study: Romance Novels & Books by Feeling

Date: Wednesday September 7

Location: Classroom

Undergraduate Reading :

Graduate Readings:

 

Chapter 2: What is the History of Books?

Case Study: “Easter Wings” poems

Date: Monday September 12

Location: Classroom

Undergraduate Readings:

  • George Herbert, “Easter Wings” poems (https://www.ccel.org/h/herbert/temple/Easterwings.html)
  • Robert Darnton, “The History of Books Revisited”
  • D. F. McKenzie, “The Book as an Expressive Form”
  • Philip Gaskell, from A New Introduction to Bibliography, 1-39 (type)

Date: Wednesday September 14

Location: Northeastern Special Collections

Graduate Readings:

  • Robert Darnton, “The History of Books Revisited”
  • D.F. McKenzie, “The Book as an Expressive Form”
  • Harold Love, “Early Modern Print Culture: Assessing the Models”
  • Philip Gaskell, from A New Introduction to Bibliography; 1-39 (type)
  • George Herbert, “Easter Wings” poems (https://www.ccel.org/h/herbert/temple/Easterwings.html)
  • Randall McLeod, “FIAT fLUX”

Recommended:

  • Robert Darnton, “What is the History of Books?”
  • Matthew Kirschenbaum and Sarah Werner, “Digital Scholarship and Digital Studies: the State of the Discipline,” Book History 17 (2014)

 

Date: Friday September 16

Pet Book Report #1 DUE (Required for all students)

 

Chapter 3: Manuscript

Case Study: Dragon Prayer Book Manuscript

Date: Monday September 19 (Cordell Away)

Location: Classroom

Undergraduate Readings:

  • Individualized page  from the Dragon Prayer Book Manuscript
  • Zeynep Tenger and Paul Trolander, “From Print versus Manuscript to Sociable Authorship and Mixed Media: A Review of Trends in the Scholarship of Early Modern Publication” http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.ezproxy.neu.edu/doi/10.1111/j.1741-4113.2010.00756.x/full
  • Philip Gaskell, from A New Introduction to Bibliography, 57-84 (paper)
  • Christopher de Hamel, “Introduction,”  A History of Illuminated Manuscripts
  • Raymond Clemens and Timothy Graham, from Introduction to Manuscript Studies

 

Date: Wednesday September 21

Location: Boston Public Library Rare Books Room

Begin Assignment: BPL Book Sleuthing Unit 1

Graduate Readings:

  • Christopher de Hamel, “Introduction,”  A History of Illuminated Manuscripts
  • Raymond Clemens and Timothy Graham, from Introduction to Manuscript Studies
  • Individualized page  from the Dragon Prayer Book Manuscript?
  • Philip Gaskell, from A New Introduction to Bibliography,  57-84 (paper)
  • Love, Harold. Selections from Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England, pp3-9, 35-58, 65-70, 101-137.
  • Zeynep Tenger and Paul Trolander, “From Print versus Manuscript to Sociable Authorship and Mixed Media: A Review of Trends in the Scholarship of Early Modern Publication” http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.ezproxy.neu.edu/doi/10.1111/j.1741-4113.2010.00756.x/full

Recommended:

Chaper 4: Print

Case Study: Q1 Hamlet

Date: Monday September 26

Location: Classroom

Undergraduate Readings:

Date: Wednesday September 28

Location: Classroom

Graduate Readings:

Recommended:

  • James Mosely, “The Technologies of Print”
  • D. F. McKenzie, “Printers of the Mind”

Chapter 5: Books as Collage

Case Study: Scrapbooks

Date: Monday October 3

Location: Classroom

Undergraduate Readings

Date: Wednesday October 5

Location: Boston Public Library Special Collections (Undergraduate) or Classroom (Graduate)

Graduate Readings:

Recommended:

Chapter 6: Digitizing Books

Case Study: Women Writers Project

Date: Monday October 10 (No class: Columbus Day)

Date: Wednesday October 12

Location: Classroom

Undergraduate Readings:

Graduate Readings:

Recommended:

End: BPL Book Sleuthing Unit 1

Begin: BPL Book Sleuthing Unit 2

Chaper 7: Imag(in)e all the books

Case Study: Broadsides, murder ballads, and pamphlets

Date: Monday October 17

Location: classroom

Undergraduate Readings:

Recommended:

Date: Wednesday October 19

Location: Northeastern Special Collections

Graduate Readings:

Recommended:

 

Date: Friday October 21

Pet Book Assignment on Images DUE (Required for all students)

Chapter 8: Format

Case Study: “Cetology”

Date: Monday, October 24

Location: Classroom:

Undergraduate Readings:

Recommended:

  • Lionel Casson, “From Roll to Codex,” from Libraries in the Ancient World

Date: Wednesday, October 26

Location: BPL Special Collections

Graduate Readings:

Recommended

  • Watson, “Some Non-Textual Uses of Books”
  • Lionel Casson, “From Roll to Codex,” from Libraries in the Ancient World

Chapter 9: Reprinting, “Reproductive” Printing, and Piracy

Case Study: selection of “fugitive poems” from C19 newspapers

Date: Monday, October 31

Location: Classroom

Undergraduate Readings:

  • Choose 4-5 verses from http://fugitiverses.viraltexts.org. Read them and look at the example newspaper printing linked at the top.
  • Ryan Cordell and Abby Mullen, “‘Fugitive Verses’: The Circulation of Poems in Nineteenth-Century American Newspapers,” forthcoming in American Periodicals, http://viraltexts.org/2016/04/08/fugitive-verses/
  • Philip Gaskell, from A New Introduction to Bibliography, 201-206 (Plates) and 289-296 (Printing Practice in the Machine-Press Period)

Date: Wednesday, November 2

Location: Classroom

Graduate Readings:

  • Choose 4-5 verses from http://fugitiverses.viraltexts.org. Read them and look at the example newspaper printing linked at the top.
  • Meredith McGill, “A Matter of the Text” from American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting, 1834-1853
  • Ellen Gruber Garvey, “Anonymity, Authorship, and Recirculation: A Civil War Episode,” Book History 9 (2006).
  • Trish Loughran, “Disseminating Common Sense: Thomas Paine and the Problem of the Early National Bestseller,” American Literature 78.1 (2006)
  • Ryan Cordell and Abby Mullen, “‘Fugitive Verses’: The Circulation of Poems in Nineteenth-Century American Newspapers,” forthcoming in American Periodicals, http://viraltexts.org/2016/04/08/fugitive-verses/
  • Philip Gaskell, from A New Introduction to Bibliography, 201-206 (Plates) and 289-296 (Printing Practice in the Machine-Press Period)

Recommended Reading:

  • Melissa J. Homestead, “‘Every Body See the Theft’: Fanny Fern and Literary Proprietorship in Antebellum America,” New England Quarterly 74.2 (June 2001).
  • Leslee Thorne-Murphy, “Re-Authorship: Authoring, Editing, and Coauthoring the Transatlantic Publications of Charlotte M. Yonge’s Aunt Charlotte’s Stories of Bible History,” Book History 13 (2010).
  • Ryan Cordell, “Reprinting, Circulation, and the Network Author in Antebellum Newspapers,” American Literary History 27.3 (August 2015), http://ryancordell.org/research/reprinting-circulation-and-the-network-author-in-antebellum-newspapers/
  • Meredith McGill, “Copyright and Intellectual Property: The State of the Discipline” Book History 16 (2013)

End: BPL Book Sleuthing Unit 2

Begin: BPL Book Sleuthing Unit 3

Chapter 10: The Book Business

Case Study: Examples of job printing

Date: Monday, November 7

Location: Classroom

Undergraduate Readings

    • Lisa Gitelman, “Preface” and “A Short History of __________” from Paper Knowledge
    • Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Chapters 2-7 (find Autobiography at the bottom of the left-hand column at http://franklinpapers.org/franklin/framedVolumes.jsp)
    • Philip Gaskell, from A New Introduction to Bibliography, 160-185 (Patterns of Production and The English Book Trade to 1800) and 297-310 (The Book Trade in Britain and America since 1800)

Date: Wednesday, November 9

Location: Classroom

Graduate Readings:

    • Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Chapters 2-7 (find Autobiography at the bottom of the left-hand column at http://franklinpapers.org/franklin/framedVolumes.jsp)
    • Lisa Gitelman, “Preface” and “A Short History of __________” from Paper Knowledge
    • Michael F. Suarez, “The Business of Literature: The Book Trade in England from Milton to Blake
    • Leah Price, “Introduction” and “Reader’s Block” from How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain
    • Leon Jackson, “From the Profession of Authorship to the Business of Letters” and “Authorship and Gift Exchange” from The Business of Letters
    • Philip Gaskell, from A New Introduction to Bibliography, 160-185 (Patterns of Production and The English Book Trade to 1800) and 297-310 (The Book Trade in Britain and America since 1800)

Chapter 11: From Book History to Material Writing

Case Study: Posies

Date: Monday, November 14

Location: Classroom

Undergraduate Readings:

  • Anon, Cupids Posies
  • Malcolm Jones, “‘Such prettie things would soon be gone’ The Neglected Genres of Popular Verse”
  • Erika Boeckeler, “Comb Poems”
  • James Smith’s Recreation for ingenious head-peeces (London, 1645)
  • Texts & images associated with comb poems, trencher poetry
  • George Puttenham,  from The Arte of English Poesie
    http://www.bartleby.com/359/19.html (or EEBO)

    • Book 1, Chapter  XXVII, Writing in places around the home
    • Book 1, Chapter XXX, Posies, occasional verse, also specific locations
    • Book 2, Chapter XI + cancelled pages from Ben Jonson’s copy: Figured poetry and anagrams

Date: Wednesday, November 16

Location: Classroom

Graduate Readings:

  • Johanna Drucker, “From A to Screen,” in in Comparative Textual Media
  • Anon, Cupids Posies
  • James Smith,  from Recreation for Ingenious Head-Peeces (London, 1645)
  • William Browne, Song 3, Britannia’s Pastorals (London, 1613) (Browse also entire text in EEBO to see how this Song stands out)
  • Malcolm Jones, “‘Such prettie things would soon be gone’ The Neglected Genres of Popular Verse”
  • Erika Boeckeler, “Comb Poems”
  • Texts & images associated with comb poems, trencher poetry
  • George Puttenham,  from The Arte of English Poesie
    http://www.bartleby.com/359/19.html (or EEBO)

    • Book 1, Chapter  XXVII, Writing in places around the home
    • Book 1, Chapter XXX, Posies, occasional verse, also specific locations
    • Book 2, Chapter XI + cancelled pages from Ben Jonson’s copy: Figured poetry and anagrams

Chapter 12: Near-end-term check-in/paper workshop

Date: Monday, November 21

Location: Classroom

Date: Wednesday, November 23 (No class: Thanksgiving Break)

 

Chapter 13: Serialization and Distribution

Case Study: Bleak House and Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Date: Monday, November 28

Location: Classroom

Undergraduate Readings:

Recommended:

Date: Wednesday, November 30

Location: BPL Special Collections

Graduate Readings:

Recommended:

End: BPL Book Sleuthing Unit 3

Chapter 14: Digital Materialities

Case Study: The Pedlar Lady of Cushing Cross

Date: Monday, December 5

Location: Classroom

Undergraduate Readings:

Suggested Reading:

  • Rita Raley, “TXTual Practice,” from Comparative Textual Media

Date: Wednesday, December 7

Location: Classroom

Graduate Readings:

Suggested Reading:

  • Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, “Extreme Inscription: A Grammatology of the Hard Drive,” from Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008) and “What is an @uthor?” (https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/uthor/#!)
  • Alan Galey, “The Enkindling Reciter: E-Books in the Bibliographical Imagination,” Book History 15 (2012)
  • N. Katherine Hayles, from Writing Machines
  • Rita Raley, “TXTual Practice,” from Comparative Textual Media
  • Lisa Gitelman, “Near Print and Beyond Paper: Knowing by *.pdf” from Paper Knowledge
  • Mark C. Marino, “Reading exquisite_code: Critical Code Studies of Literature” in Comparative Textual Media
  • Jessica Pressman, “The Aethetic of Bookishness in Twenty-First Century Literature,” http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.act2080.0048.402