The Book in the Industrial Age

Please be aware that this course shares some content with 'The Printed Book in Europe'. 

This course will explore the transformation in terms of the scope, scale, and speed of print production in Britain and elsewhere from the first copyright act (under Queen Anne in 1710) to a point at which both copyright and the printed book are facing their greatest challenges. The course will concern itself not only with processes and products, but with the problems of distribution raised by the mass-manufacture of printed materials, and by the changing nature of the ways in which these materials were read and stored. Most importantly of all, the material nature of the book will be emphasised, and its changing impact on both societies and cultures will be explained in terms of this materiality.

Learning outcomes of the module 

  1. To give the student a broad understanding of the history of the book and other texts in the period 1710-2010.
  2. To present an overview of the social, economic, political and religious contexts in which the book in the industrial period developed.
  3. To introduce the student to the changing technologies of book production over the period.
  4. To provide the student with the opportunity to examine contemporary books and other historical artefacts that constitute the evidence on which the arguments of the course rest.
  5. To offer the student case studies which will help to illustrate the arguments of the course.

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