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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:

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.

BHPC alumnus Von Totanes named Director of Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

May 7, 2014 News Comments Off on BHPC alumnus Von Totanes named Director of Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

“Dr. Vernon “Von” Totanes (PhD ’12) is celebrating two major accomplishments back to back. On November 16th in Toronto, he graduated from the iSchool with a PhD in the Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture, under the supervision of Professor Emeritus, Patricia Fleming. His thesis is entitled ‘History of the Filipino history book’. On the same day, back in the Philippines, Von started as Assistant Director of the Rizal Library at Ateneo de Manila University. In April 2013, he will take over when the current Director retires. Dr. Totanes’ new credentials helped him land this prestigious appointment.”  You can read more here.

BHPC student Tim Harrison on academic bridging and becoming an English professor

May 1, 2014 News Comments Off on BHPC student Tim Harrison on academic bridging and becoming an English professor

“Tim Harrison is having an incredible year. He recently accepted a job as a tenure-track assistant professor of English at the University of Chicago, a position he chose over three postdoctoral fellowships also offered. The Milton Society of America honoured Harrison with the Albert C. Labriola Award for the best article published by a graduate student. And to top things off, he just handed in his thesis exploring how writers from Montaigne to Milton expressed the feeling of being alive.”  You can read the interview here.

BHPC instructor Scott Schofield on his tenure-track appointment in English at Huron University College

April 2, 2014 News Comments Off on BHPC instructor Scott Schofield on his tenure-track appointment in English at Huron University College

“Scott Schofield, former postdoctoral fellow and instructor at the Faculty of Information and the collaborative program in Book History and Print Culture, has accepted a tenure-track faculty position with the English Department at Huron University College in London, Ontario, part of Western University. Described as a deeply knowledgeable and generous colleague, Scott has taught a variety of courses for the Department of English at both UofT and Trent University, and he has also worked as a cataloguer for the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.”  You can read more here.

New book by former BHPC director Dan White on religion, print and modernity in early British India

March 3, 2014 News Comments Off on New book by former BHPC director Dan White on religion, print and modernity in early British India

“In From Little London to Little Bengal: Religion, Print and Modernity in Early British India 1795-1835 (The Johns Hopkins University Press), Daniel E. White, associate professor of British Romanticism at University of Toronto, examines the traffic in culture between Britain and India during the Romantic period. In the early part of the 19th century, part of Calcutta could be called ‘Little London’, while in London itself an Indianized community of returned expatriates was emerging as ‘Little Bengal’. Circling between the two, this study considers British and Indian literary, religious, and historical sources alongside newspapers, panoramas, religious festivals, idols, and museum exhibitions.” You can read more here.

BHPC student Joshua McEvilla on book advertisements for 17th-century drama

February 13, 2014 News Comments Off on BHPC student Joshua McEvilla on book advertisements for 17th-century drama

“Second year iSchool student Joshua McEvilla is proud to have an article featured in the 107th volume of The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. His article, “A Catalogue of Book Advertisements from English Serials: Printed Drama, 1646–1668,” presents readers with an in-depth look at a series of advertisements of printed drama originally circulated in British news periodicals. For the article, he consulted special collections at more than a half dozen Rare Book libraries, including special collections at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.”  You can read more here.

Professor Emeritus Randall McLeod lectures at the launch of the Yale Program in the History of the Book (Yale Daily News)

December 4, 2013 News Comments Off on Professor Emeritus Randall McLeod lectures at the launch of the Yale Program in the History of the Book (Yale Daily News)

“On a Wednesday afternoon in November, the audience at a lecture in the Beinecke received instructions they likely did not expect from an English professor: The guest speaker told them not to read the Dante excerpt before them. He asked them to look at it instead. The scholar, Randall McLeod, a professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto, had come to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library to give a lecture on the relationship between text and type. McLeod — the inventor of the McLeod Portable Collator, a device that allows scholars to compare copies of printed books by merging two texts into a single perceived image — was the second of six guest lecturers this year in the “Yale Program in the History of the Book” at the Beinecke.”  You can find out more here.

Professor David Taylor on graphic satire in eighteenth-century London (Toronto Star)

November 5, 2013 News Comments Off on Professor David Taylor on graphic satire in eighteenth-century London (Toronto Star)

“Toronto Mayor Rob Ford can be thankful at least for this: Had he been mayor 200 years ago in Britain, newspaper cartoonists would have been even more ruthless, says a University of Toronto expert in political satire. ‘Without question, if the leading cartoonist back then — James Gillray — had depicted Rob Ford he would have been far more merciless than they are today,’ said English Professor David Taylor, who studies British political satire from 1750 and 1830, what he calls the golden age of caricature.”  You can read the full article here.

Professor Emerita Heather Jackson on marginal notes in books and on the web (CBC Radio One, Spark)

November 1, 2013 News Comments Off on Professor Emerita Heather Jackson on marginal notes in books and on the web (CBC Radio One, Spark)

Heather Jackson with an historical look at the practice of marginal notes in books, and how it compares to writing in the margins of the web.”  You can hear the interview here.

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