Welcome to BHPC

Histoire du livre, History of the Book, Textual Studies, Print Culture, Sociology of the Text: all these names have been used to describe an international academic movement that rose to prominence in the late twentieth century and continues to expand today. Book History creates and applies knowledge of the material, …

Toronto Centre for the Book

The Toronto Centre for the Book was established at the University of Toronto in 1994 by Michael and Jane Millgate (Department of English), Patricia Fleming (Faculty of Information), and others in order to bring together faculty, librarians, students, and members of the general public who are interested in the past, …

Massey College

Massey College was built and furnished by the Massey Foundation in 1963 to house graduate students pursuing advanced studies or professional degrees at the University of Toronto. It provides a congenial intellectual environment for the exchange of opinions and ideas. Members of the College form a multidisciplinary and diverse community …

Student Projects

A requirement for the doctoral program in Book History and Print Culture, the Practicum is an individual project involving the use of primary sources, approved for academic credit by the Program Committee, undertaken under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty, and intended to serve as a bridge …

Recent Articles:

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library holds diary, drawings of surgeon Owen Stanley

October 7, 2014 News Comments Off on Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library holds diary, drawings of surgeon Owen Stanley

“What do the University of Toronto Library and the discovery of a wrecked ship in the cold waters off Nunavut have in common? More than you would imagine, says Anne Dondertman, associate librarian for special collections and director of U of T’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.” You can find out more here.

Massey News item on BHPC activities in 2013-2014

October 1, 2014 News Comments Off on Massey News item on BHPC activities in 2013-2014

“Based at Massey College since its foundation in 2000, Book History and Print Culture is a collaborative program in which the rich material and human resources of U of T are brought to bear on all aspects of the creation, transmission, and reception of the written word. BHPC has grown to involve sixteen participating departments, faculties and centres across the university, and is internationally renowned as a leading forum for the multidisciplinary investigation of manuscript, print, and digital text and cultures.”You can find out more (see p. 32) here.

BHPC director Tom Keymer to give Oxford’s Clarendon Lectures on literature and censorship

September 26, 2014 News Comments Off on BHPC director Tom Keymer to give Oxford’s Clarendon Lectures on literature and censorship

“The Clarendon Lecture series is run across the University of Oxford. The next series will be given by Professor Thomas Keymer, Chancellor Jackman Professor of English at the University of Toronto, in November 2014, and all are welcome. The theme of the 2014 series is ‘Poetics of the Pillory: English Literature and Seditious Libel, 1660-1820’.”  You can read more here.

Back to School: U of T library system ranked in top three with Harvard and Yale

September 12, 2014 News Comments Off on Back to School: U of T library system ranked in top three with Harvard and Yale

“Students entering the University of Toronto this fall have access to the top-ranked library system in Canada, according to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). The ARL recently ranked the U of T library system one of the top three in North America, after Harvard and Yale. The only Canadian university in the top 10, U of T has placed among the ARL’s top five research libraries since 2002-2003.”  You can read more here.

BHPC director Tom Keymer joins Academic Book of the Future project advisory board

August 19, 2014 News Comments Off on BHPC director Tom Keymer joins Academic Book of the Future project advisory board

“The Arts and Humanities Research Council [UK] and the British Library are launching a two-year research project which will explore the future of academic books in the context of open access publishing and continuing digital change … This project will have a significant impact on a wide range of stakeholders in research, library and publishing communities and generate new evidence and dialogue that will inform policy and national approaches to this important area of scholarly communications.”  You can read more here and here.

BHPC instructor Greta Golick curates Robarts Library exhibition “Book Works 2014”

July 7, 2014 News Comments Off on BHPC instructor Greta Golick curates Robarts Library exhibition “Book Works 2014”

“Faculty of Information instructor Greta Golick wanted her students to think about what form books take, how the content is presented, and create something new, using text and/or an image to remake the book. The result is a stunning collection of book-inspired art created by 45 Faculty of Information (iSchool) students, in the display cases in the north atrium of Robarts Library (130 St. George Street, second floor, adjacent to the iSchool entrance).”  You can read more here and here.

Book History Program a “world leader” in its field

July 6, 2014 News Comments Off on Book History Program a “world leader” in its field

“The Book History and Print Culture (BHPC) program at the University of Toronto (UofT) has been called “a world leader in [its] field of academic study,” according to a program review by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). The program has an international reputation for Book History studies, a valuable resource for students and the University, the review noted. Professor Alan Galey points to the thriving book history community in Toronto and the “intellectual diversity of the program and excellent student engagement” as a significant factor in shaping the strong growth of the program.”  You can read more here.

Honorary degree for U of T alumna Annabel Patterson, the leading scholar of early modern censorship and print culture

June 24, 2014 News Comments Off on Honorary degree for U of T alumna Annabel Patterson, the leading scholar of early modern censorship and print culture

“Yale Sterling Professor Annabel Patterson has had a remarkable career as a scholar of what is now known as early modern literature. In fact, her work encompasses history, law, politics, and everything that tends to motivate the creation of literature. It began at the University of Toronto, where she was first a student at University College and later an assistant professor at Victoria College. As a student she graduated first in her class, and received the Governor General’s gold medal, as well as a Commonwealth Scholarship for graduate work in London, England.  Subsequently she taught at York University, the University of Maryland, and Duke University, moving to Yale to complete her trajectory, and receive Yale’s highest rank, a Sterling Professorship. Although she is now officially retired from the Yale Department of English, she continues to teach there.”  You can find out more here and watch her Convocation address here.

Professor Emerita Heather Jackson interviewed by Simon Armitage (BBC Radio 4, Marginalia)

June 16, 2014 News Comments Off on Professor Emerita Heather Jackson interviewed by Simon Armitage (BBC Radio 4, Marginalia)

“When someone takes a pen or pencil and adds a comment, an underlining or a question mark to the pages of a book – is it cause for celebration or condemnation? And if the person with pencil in hand happens to be famous, should that colour our view? These are the questions Simon Armitage – himself a lapsed margin scribbler – wrestles with as he sets off to tell the story of marginalia.”  You can hear the interview here.

BHPC alumna Claire Battershill interviewed in the Globe and Mail

May 30, 2014 News Comments Off on BHPC alumna Claire Battershill interviewed in the Globe and Mail

B.C.-born Claire Battershill is both a highly accomplished academic and the author of fiction that has been nominated for multiple awards. Her debut collection, Circus, came out in April.”  You can read the interview here.

Upcoming Events

  1. Orientation for incoming students

    Monday, September 25 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  2. The Sixth Annual J. R. de J. Jackson Lecture: Lisa Gitelman (New York University), title to be announced

    Thursday, September 28 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
  3. Jessica Brantley (Yale University), title to be announced

    Thursday, November 2 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
  4. Librorum

    Wednesday, December 6 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  5. Alexandra Gillespie (University of Toronto), “What Was the Cost of Books in Chaucer’s Time?”

    Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM

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