Graham Shaw
Maximum: 15 students
Venue: Senate House

This course aims to give students an introduction to the history of the book in India – both manuscript and printed – from the 1st century CE to the present day. It will also examine the interplay of manuscript and print with the transmission of text through orature and performance traditions.  It will highlight the influence of different faiths on manuscript production and illustration, and the impact of printing technologies (xylography and lithography as well as typography).  It will also cover some important strands in Indian publishing history such as the relationship between India and Britain in the colonial period, and issues facing contemporary publishing. 

Recommended Reading

BLACKBURN, Stuart & DALMIA, Vasudha (ed.)  India’s literary history: essays on the nineteenth century  Delhi: Permanent Black, 2004).
CHAKRAVORTY, Swapan, & GUPTA, Abhijit ed.  New word order: essays on the transnational history of the book.  New Delhi: Worldview, 2010.
DAS, Sisir Kumar.  A history of Indian literature Vol. 8: 1800-1910: Western impact, Indian response.  New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 1991.
DAS, Sisir Kumar.  A history of Indian literature Vol. 9: 1911-1956: struggle for freedom: triumph and tragedy.  New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 1995. 
FRASER, Robert.  Book history through postcolonial eyes: rewriting the script.  Abingdon: Routledge, 2008. 
FRASER, Robert, & HAMMOND, Mary (ed.)  Books without borders …  Volume 2: Perspectives from South Asia.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
GUPTA, Abhijit.  ‘Book history in India’, Histoire et civilisation du livre: revue internationale VIII: Pour une histoire transnationale du livre (2012), pp. 147-160.
GUPTA, Abhijit.  ‘The Indian subcontinent’, in Michael Suarez & Henry R. Woudhuysen (eds.), The book: a global history (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 553-572.
GUPTA, Abhijit, & CHAKRAVORTY, Swapan (ed.)  Founts of knowledge: book history in India.  New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2016.
GUPTA, Abhijit, & CHAKRAVORTY, Swapan (ed.)  Moveable type: book history in India.  Ranikhet: Permanent Black, 2008.
GUPTA, Abhijit, & CHAKRAVORTY, Swapan (ed.)  Print areas: book history in India.  Delhi: Permanent Black, 2004. 
KESAVAN, Bellary Shamanna.  History of printing and publishing in India: a story of cultural re-awakening.  New Delhi: National Book Trust, India, 1985-97.  3 vols.
ORSINI, Francesca ed.   The history of the book in South Asia.  Farnham: Ashgate, 2013. 
RAJAGOPAL, Arvind ed.  The Indian public sphere: readings in media history.  Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2009. 
SHAW, Graham William.  ‘South Asia’, in Simon Eliot & Jonathan Rose (ed.),  A Companion to the history of the book (Blackwell Companions to Literature & Culture) (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007), pp. 126-137.