Weekly Calendar


1: The Rise of the Codex

Monday, August 27, 2018

Classwork and Reminders:

Discussion of Course Themes ... Read More

HOMEWORK (in addition to readings): Create and Share Box.com Folder ... Read More

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Today's Readings:

Howsam, Leslie. "The Study of Book History," The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book. Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2015. 1-13. [Link]

Roemer, Cornelia. "The Papyrus Roll in Egypt, Greece, and Rome," A Companion to the History of the Book. Oxford, Blackwell, 2009. 84-94. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Lecture 1 Slides ... Read More

2: The Rise of the Codex

Monday, September 03, 2018

Classwork and Reminders:

Labor Day -- No Class ... Read More

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Today's Readings:

Foster, Benjamin R., editor and translator. "Tablet VI," The Epic of Gilgamesh. New York, W.W. Norton and Company, 2001. 46-52. [Link]

Rampolla, Mary Lynn. "Introduction," A Pocket Guide to Writing in History. New York, Bedford/St. Martin's, 2015. 1-7. [Link]

Robson, Eleanor. "The Clay Tablet Book in Sumer, Assyria, and Babylonia," A Companion to the History of the Book. Oxford, Blackwell, 2009. 67-83. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

IN CLASS: Watch "The Epic of Gilgamesh" ... Read More

Lecture 2 Slides ... Read More

3: The Rise of the Codex

Monday, September 10, 2018

Today's Readings:

Edgren, J.S. "The Book Beyond the West: China," A Companion to the History of the Book. Oxford, Blackwell, 2009. 97-110. [Link]

Kornicki, Peter. "The Book Beyond the West: Japan, Korea, and Vietnam," A Companion to the History of the Book. Oxford, Blackwell, 2009. 111-125. [Link]

Rampolla, Mary Lynn. "Working with Sources," A Pocket Guide to Writing in History. New York, Bedford/St. Martin's, 2015. 8-25. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Quiz 1 ... Read More

Timeline topics ... Read More

Slides for Week 3 ... Read More

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Today's Readings:

Brown, Michelle P. "The Triumph of the Codex: The Manuscript Book Before 1100," A Companion to the History of the Book. Oxford, Blackwell, 2009. 179-193. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Guest Speaker: Jeanann Haas ... Read More

4: From Manuscript to Print

Monday, September 17, 2018
Due by the start of class: Timeline Assignment

Today's Readings:

Clanchy, M.T. "Parchment and Paper: Manuscript Culture 1100-1500," A Companion to the History of the Book. Oxford, Blackwell, 2009. 194-206. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Lecture/Discussion 4 Slides ... Read More

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Today's Readings:

Rampolla, Mary Lynn. "Approaching Typical Assignments in History," A Pocket Guide to Writing in History. New York, Bedford/St. Martin's, 2015. 26-51. [Link]

Stoicheff, Peter. "Materials and Meanings," The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book. Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2015. 73-89. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Quiz 2 ... Read More

5: From Manuscript to Print

Monday, September 24, 2018

Today's Readings:

Ezell, Margaret J.M. "Handwriting and the Book," The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book. Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2015. 90-106. [Link]

Suarez, Michael F., S.J. "Book History from Descriptive Bibliographies," The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book. Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2015. 199-218. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

IN CLASS: Watch "The Machine that Made Us" ... Read More

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Today's Readings:

Johns, Adrian. "The Coming of Print to Europe," The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book. Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2015. 107-124. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Special Collections Visit 1 ... Read More

6: From Manuscript to Print

Monday, October 01, 2018

Today's Readings:

Clegg, Cyndia Susan. "The Authority and Subversiveness of Print in Early-Modern Europe," The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book. Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2015. 125-142. [Link]

Milton, John. "Areopagitica," John Milton Complete Poems and Major Prose. New York, Odyssey Press, 1957 [1644]. 716-749. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Quiz 3 ... Read More

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Today's Readings:

Rampolla, Mary Lynn. "Following Conventions of Writing in History," A Pocket Guide to Writing in History. New York, Bedford/St. Martin's, 2015. 52-83. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Workshopping of Research Questions ... Read More

7: The Second Industrial Revolution of the Book

Monday, October 08, 2018

Today's Readings:

Suggested but Not Required: Raven, James. "The Industrial Revolution of the Book," The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book. Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2015. 143-161. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Lecture/Discussion 5 Slides ... Read More

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Today's Readings:

Fern, Fanny. "Introduction" and "Chapter 1--Chapter 28," Ruth Hall. New York, Penguin Classics, 1997. xv-xlv, 1-65. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

REMINDER: Next class on Tuesday due to Mid-Semester Break ... Read More

Slides for Oct 10 ... Read More

8: The Second Industrial Revolution of the Book

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Today's Readings:

Fern, Fanny. "Chapter 29--Chapter 65," Ruth Hall. New York, Penguin Classics, 1997. 66-171. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Quiz 4 ... Read More

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Today's Readings:

Blake, William. "Songs of Innocence and Experience," A facsimile of a coloured and gilded copy of the first edition. Liverpool, British Library, 1923 [1789]. 1-50. [Link]

Suggested but Not Required: Benton, Megan L. "The Book as Art," A Companion to the History of the Book. Oxford, Blackwell, 2009. 493-507. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Special Collections Visit 2 ... Read More

9: The Second Industrial Revolution of the Book

Monday, October 22, 2018

Today's Readings:

Fern, Fanny. "Chapter 66--Chapter 90," Ruth Hall. New York, Penguin Classics, 1997. 172-272. [Link]

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Today's Readings:

Rampolla, Mary Lynn. "Writing a Research Paper," A Pocket Guide to Writing in History. New York, Bedford/St. Martin's, 2015. 83-103. [Link]

Canceled: Weber, Ronald. "Writing for the Millions: Newspaper Syndicates Expand the Market," Hired Pens. Athens, Ohio UP, 1997. 133-151. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Workshopping of Introductions ... Read More

10: The Second Industrial Revolution of the Book

Monday, October 29, 2018

Today's Readings:

Doyle, Arthur Conan. "A Scandal in Bohemia," The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes. Secaucus, Castle, 1976. 11-25. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Quiz 5 ... Read More

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Today's Readings:

Canceled: Smith, Erin A. "Pulp Sensations," The Cambridge Companion to Popular Fiction. Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2012. 141-158. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

IN CLASS: Start watching Linotype: the Film ... Read More

11: The Second Industrial Revolution of the Book

Monday, November 05, 2018

Today's Readings:

Rampolla, Mary Lynn. "Plagiarism: What it is and How to Avoid It" and "Quoting and Documenting Sources," A Pocket Guide to Writing in History. New York, Bedford/St. Martin's, 2015. 104-119. [Link]

Canceled: Lovecraft, H.P. "Under the Pyramids [a.k.a Imprisoned with the Pharaohs]," Weird Tales. New York, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1924. 3-12. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

IN CLASS: Finish watching Linotype: the Film ... Read More

Lecture/Discussion 7 Slides ... Read More

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Today's Readings:

Eliot, Simon. "From Few and Expensive to Many and Cheap: The British Book Market, 1800-1890," A Companion to the History of the Book. Oxford, Blackwell, 2009. 291-302. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Special Collections Visit 3 ... Read More

12: The Disembodied Book

Monday, November 12, 2018

Today's Readings:

McCleery, Alistair. "The Book in the Long Twentieth Century," The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book. Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2015. 162-180. [Link]

Canceled: Bode, Katherine. "Book History from the Archival Record," The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book. Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2015. 219-236. [Link]

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Today's Readings:

Silver, Brenda. "Popular Fiction in the Digital Age," The Cambridge Companion to Popular Fiction. Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2012. 196-213. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Quiz 6 ... Read More

13: The Disembodied Book

Monday, November 19, 2018
Due by the start of class: Research Assignment First Draft

Today's Readings:

Bath, Jon, and Scott Schofield. "The Digital Book," The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book. Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2015. 181-195. [Link]

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Classwork and Reminders:

Thanksgiving Break--No Class ... Read More

14: The Disembodied Book

Monday, November 26, 2018

Today's Readings:

Murray, Padmini Ray, and Claire Squires. "The Digital Publishing Communications Circuit," Book 2.0. Volume 3, Number 1, June, 2013. 3-23. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Slides for Murray and Squires ... Read More

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Today's Readings:

Malloy, Judy. "Uncle Roger," Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link. well.com, first published in UNIX, 1986 [web version 1995]. n.p. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

Quiz 7 ... Read More

15: The Disembodied Book

Monday, December 03, 2018

Today's Readings:

Gleick, James. "After the Flood," The Information: A History, a Theory, A Flood. New York, Vintage, 2011. 373-397. [Link]

Classwork and Reminders:

IN CLASS: Time set aside for OMETs ... Read More

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Today's Readings:

Darnton, Robert. "Google and the Future of Books," New York Review of Books. New York, 12 February, 2009. n.p. [Link]

16: EXAM WEEK: No Class

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Classwork and Reminders:

Turn in Research Assignment Final Draft ... Read More

Instructor:

Matthew Lavin

Office:

433 Cathedral

Office Hours:

10:30-12:30, Mon + Wed, or by appt

Email:

lavin@pitt.edu