University-level courses (non-accredited)

The History of the Book

Lead Tutors: Dr Malcolm Noble and Dr Miriam Gill

Introductory  Workshop

Date: 26 Jan 2019, 10am-1pm

Cost: £35 for introductory workshop

Concessions: we are able to offer a limited number of places at concession rates for those on benefits or under the tax threshold. Please contact us using the contact form for more information.

Follow-on Sessions

Dates: 6 sessions starting 28 February 2019: 6.30pm-8.30pm with a short break

Cost: £150 for workshop + follow-on sessions

Feb 28
Mar 7 14 21 28
Apr 4

Course Description

This team-taught inter-disciplinary course explores the history of the book chronologically and thematically from the development of the bound volume, through manuscripts and their decoration, the invention of printing, the spread of literacy, and the emergence of forms such as the novel. Students will gain a basic understanding of bibliography so that they can assess confidently historic books as physical objects. This course will bring together insights from history, literature, religion and art history to give a ‘taste’ of the experience of studying these disciplines at university level.

Students can choose to submit a 1500-2000 word essay for which they will receive written feedback.

At the end of this module a typical student should be able to:

  • Identify different types of historic book;
  • Describe and explain how the form, content and use of books have changed over time;
  • Analyse a printed book as an object, understanding its form and the processes which shaped it, and have the appropriate words to explain this;
  • Locate the ‘History of the Book’ within its context and consider the future of publishing and the book;
  • Develop study skills suitable for university-level education, including the writing of an optional essay.

This course is non-accredited but taught at FHEQ level 4/ Higher Education level 1: this is the same level as the first year of a degree.

Please note that a minimum of 10 students are required to run the workshop and the six follow on sessions.