print cultur(e/al) studies

Three emails caught my eye on SHARP-L this morning. I’m not awake enough yet to say anything clever about them.

  1. A conference entitled Fairs, Markets and the Itinerant Book Trade, will be held in late November at the Society of Antiquaries in London:

    Leading book historians will discuss the presence of the book trade in the streets and public spaces of Britain and continental Europe. From the Frankfurt book fair in the 16th century to the Farringdon Road barrows in the 20th, speakers will range across geographical as well as chronological frontiers to follow the movement of books and people.

  2. This year’s Print Networks conference on the History of the British Book Trade will take place at the University of Birmingham in late July (after I’m back in the U.S., unfortunately). The keynote speaker is John Feather.
  3. Routledge will publish An Introduction to Book History, by David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery, later this summer as a companion to The Book History Reader that Finkelstein and McCleery edited. The table of contents for the Intro is as follows:

    Chapter 1: Theorising the History of the Book
    Chapter 2: Orality to Literacy
    Chapter 3: The Coming of Print
    Chapter 4: Authors, Authorship and Authority
    Chapter 5: Printers, Booksellers, Publishers, Agents
    Chapter 6: Readers and Reading
    Chapter 7: The Future of the Book

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