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BKS1001HF: Introduction to Book History

Offered in the Fall Term and required of all students in the BHPC Program, this foundational course provides an introduction to basic topics such as the semiotics of the book; orality and writing systems; book production from manuscript to the latest computer technology; the development of printing; the concept of authorship; copyright; censorship; the economics of book production and distribution; libraries and the organization of information; principles of bibliographical description; print in other formats (newspapers, magazines, advertisements, etc.); reading and readership; editorial theory and practice. We will also study artifacts and tools of the tradein situ through visits to the Fisher Rare Book Library, Massey College Press, and Coach House Press. Enrolment normally limited to students registered in the BHPC Program. Exceptionally, may be available to students outside the program by Permission of Instructor.

Greta Golick (Faculty of Information) : Fall 2016, Monday 2 – 5 pm : MacLean Hunter Room, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Instructor TBA (Faculty of Information) : Fall 2017, Monday 2 – 5 pm : MacLean Hunter Room, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

 

BKS1002HS: Book History in Practice

Offered in the Winter Term and required of all master’s students in the BHPC Program, this seminar is a continuation of BKS1001HF. The approach of the course reflects what David Greetham calls “the disciplinary interrelatedness of all aspects of the study of the book” (Textual Scholarship 2). The course consists of seminars on key topics in book history, punctuated by case studies of particular books, events, and debates. These case studies are designed to pull together ongoing threads of inquiry from the readings, and to allow students to work outward from specific artifacts to general questions. Prerequisite: BKS1001HF. Enrolment normally limited to master’s students registered in the BHPC Program. Exceptionally, may be available to students outside the program by Permission of Instructor.

Alan Galey (Faculty of Information) : Winter 2017, Monday 2 – 5 pm : Colin Friesen Room, Massey College

Thomas Keymer (Department of English) : Winter 2018, Monday 2 – 5 pm : Colin Friesen Room, Massey College

 

BKS2000HS: Advanced Seminar in Book History and Print Culture

An advanced seminar required of all doctoral students in the BHPC Program, this course will vary in content from year to year depending upon the expertise of the faculty member appointed to lead it. The term-paper research project will be open to work in all disciplines, periods, and languages in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisite or corequisite for students in the program: BKS1001HF. May be available without prerequisite to students outside the program by Permission of Instructor.

Angela Esterhammer (Department of English) : Winter 2017, Wednesday 3 – 6 pm : Northrop Frye Centre, Victoria College (VC102)
“The Nineteenth-Century Information Age: Readers, Markets, and Media” more

Heather Murray (Department of English) : Winter 2018, Wednesday 9 – 11 am : room TBA
“Reading and Nationalisms” more

Please follow this link for a list of previous offerings of BKS2000H.

 

BKS2001H: Practicum in Book History and Print Culture

An individual project involving the use of primary sources, approved for academic credit by the Program Committee of BHPC, undertaken under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty, and intended to serve as a bridge from coursework to the dissertation. For example, an exhibition catalogue, web site, analytical or critical bibliography, scholarly edition of a short work, or independent contribution to an ongoing research project. The Practicum should be completed by the end of the student’s coursework within the home unit, or the summer thereafter. Enrolment normally limited to doctoral students in the BHPC Program. May be available to master’s students in the BHPC program under special circumstances; consult the Director or Program Committee.

Please follow this link for a list of recent practicum projects.

A proposal must be submitted to the Program Committee for approval by November 1 for a Winter Term course and April 1 for a Summer or Fall course.

The form is available online in PDF format: Book History and Print Culture Practicum Form. The form and proposal should be submitted by email (preferably) to the Director and copied to the Program Co-ordinator, or in hard copy to the BHPC mailbox in the Porter’s Lodge at Massey College. The form fields for student’s signature and supervisor’s signature may be completed digitally using Adobe (on Macs, Adobe Preview may not allow digital signature). Anyone encountering difficulties with the digital signature fields should feel free to print, sign, scan, and email the form, or to submit in hard copy. A copy of a successful proposal may be requested from the Director.

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