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This seminar explores the development of print media over the last half-millennium and their transformative impact on society, culture, and politics. Through a mix of theoretical and historical texts, we will consider how print media have fostered the development of new political communities like the nation state, generated publics and counter-publics, both created and undermined cultural authority, enabled new dynamics of knowledge production, and facilitated development of new modes of reading and interiority. Our inquiry will be global in scope, encompassing not only the Gutenberg revolution in Europe but also the diverse forms of print culture and print capitalism that developed contemporaneously in the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia. Analysis of the recent rise of digital media will provide critical perspective for understanding how the materiality of the printed text and its circulation through space has affected its social, cultural, and political significance.
Welcome to the HIST 3139 Research Guide!
This guide has been developed for students taking Robert Culp's HIST 3139 - The Power of Print class. If you have any questions or need additional help, contact the librarian at the right or talk to your professor.
History of the Book Presentation
From the Centre for the History of the Book (The University of Edinburgh)
Meghan Hogan is a Computer Science student who helped edit this guide while working in the library during Fall '14.
Molly Feibel is a Literature Student who helped create this guide while working in the library during Summer '14.