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:

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.

Professor Cannon Schmitt on BHPC activities in 2012-2013 (Massey News)

October 31, 2013 News Comments Off on Professor Cannon Schmitt on BHPC activities in 2012-2013 (Massey News)

“This year has been a full and productive one for BHPC, the collaborative program housed in Massey College that brings together graduate students from a variety of disciplines based on their common research interest in the physical, cultural and theoretical aspects of the book.”  You can read more here.

Professor Natalie Zemon Davis on early modern book history and modern political activism

August 1, 2013 News Comments Off on Professor Natalie Zemon Davis on early modern book history and modern political activism

“The year was 1952. I had spent six months in France doing the first research for my PhD thesis on ‘Protestantism and the Printing Workers of Lyon’. I was trying to explore the Reformation from the vantage point of artisans, rather than just that of the theologians like Luther and Calvin and the great princes. To find evidence about working people, many of whom are illiterate, you have to go to archives: to government lists, and church records, to criminal prosecutions and marriage contracts. I came back to Ann Arbor with packets of three-by-five cards filled with the names of Protestant pressmen and typesetters and other artisans—people who were finding ways to disguise Protestant tracts so they could get by the eyes of the Inquisitors and mocking the Catholic clergy in popular songs.” You can read her New York Review of Books blog post here.

Professor Alan Galey on winning the 2013 Fredson Bowers Prize from the Society for Textual Scholarship

May 7, 2013 News Comments Off on Professor Alan Galey on winning the 2013 Fredson Bowers Prize from the Society for Textual Scholarship

“The forensic study of born-digital artifacts from bibliographic perspectives is a growing research focus for Prof. Alan Galey, whose research and teaching at the iSchool bridge the fields of book history, digital humanities, and analytical bibliography. What puts him at the forefront of this field is his innovative research on e-books. One of the results of his SSHRC Standard Research Grant funding has been his article “The Enkindling Reciter: E-Books in the Bibliographical Imagination” (Book History 15 (2012): 210-47), which just won the prestigious 2013 Fredson Bowers Prize from the Society for Textual Scholarship for the best article in that field published in the past two years. Prof. Galey was awarded a certificate and a $500 cash prize, which he has donated to theChildren’s Book Bank, a charitable literacy organization in Toronto.”  You can find out more here.

BHPC student Jessica Duffin Wolfe interviewed about her editorship of the Toronto Review of Books (Canadian Women in the Literary Arts)

May 6, 2013 News Comments Off on BHPC student Jessica Duffin Wolfe interviewed about her editorship of the Toronto Review of Books (Canadian Women in the Literary Arts)

You can read the interview here.

Patricia Fleming Visiting Fellowship in Bibliography and Book History welcomes Dr Elizabeth Hanson

May 6, 2013 News Comments Off on Patricia Fleming Visiting Fellowship in Bibliography and Book History welcomes Dr Elizabeth Hanson

“The iSchool is looking forward to welcoming Dr Elizabeth Hanson into its fold from October 15 to November 8, 2012, when she will be taking up the Patricia Fleming Visiting Fellowship in Bibliography and Book History, continuing her research on the history of Canadian libraries and their texts. … She will be working on her current project, titled “The Post-World War I Campaign for a New Canada: What was Ontario Public Libraries’ Role?” while at Toronto’s iSchool. The Patricia Fleming Visiting Fellow in Bibliography and Book History Fellowship was established in 2005 in honour of Professor Patricia Fleming’s retirement with funds coming from faculty members, staff, friends, former students, and colleagues.” You can read more here.

Professor Dan White talks with Susan Dalton about book history and thing theory (Interacting with Print)

December 4, 2012 News Comments Off on Professor Dan White talks with Susan Dalton about book history and thing theory (Interacting with Print)

You can watch the interview here.

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