Schedule and Readings

INF 2331H Winter 2014 schedule


Week 1
8 Jan
  • assigned reading
    • Duguid, Paul. "Material Matters: The Past and Futurology of the Book." In The Future of the Book, edited by Geoffrey Nunberg, 63-101. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1996.
    • Drucker, Johanna, "Modeling Functionality: From Codex to E-book." In SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Projects in Speculative Computing, 165-75. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. [; note that you can download the entire chapter as a single PDF file if you enter the page range 186-95, though you'll need to view the endnotes separately]
  • further reading (on Ramelli's book wheel)
    • Galey, Alan. "Reading the Book of Mozilla: Web Browsers and the Materiality of Digital Texts." In The History of Reading, Vol. 3: Methods, Strategies, Tactics, edited by Rosalind Crone and Shafquat Towheed, 196-214. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Week 2
15 Jan
Theoretical Frameworks
  • assigned reading
    • Darnton, Robert. "'What Is the History of Books?' Revisited." Modern Intellectual History 4, no. 3 (2007): 495-508. []
      • Note: in this article, Darnton is looking back to a much earlier article he published in 1982 called "What Is the History of Books?", which became one of the theoretical foundations for the field of book history. You can find the original 1982 article here: However, for students new to book history, the 2007 retrospective is a bit more accessible, and contains a figure of Darnton's "communications circuit" along with an alternative model offered by Adams and Barker. The Darnton model and its revisions will be a touchstone for our course as a whole.
    • Greetham, David. "What Is Textual Scholarship?" In A Companion to the History of the Book, edited by Simon Eliot and Jonathan Rose. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. []
  • recommended reading
    • Drucker, Johanna. "Humanities Approaches to Interface Theory." Culture Machine 12 (2011): 1-20. []
    • Dillon, Andrew. "Reading, Books, and Electronic Text." In Designing Usable Electronic Text. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2004. []
    • Kirschenbaum, Matthew G. "'So the Colors Cover the Wires': Interface, Aesthetics, and Usability." In A Companion to Digital Humanities, edited by Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, and John Unsworth. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004. []
    • Parikka, Jussi. "Operative Media Archaeology: Wolfgang Ernst's Materialist Media Diagrammatics." Theory, Culture & Society 28, no. 5 (2011): 52-74. []; see also Parikka, What Is Media Archaeology? (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2012)
    • Erickson, Paul. "Help or Hindrance? The History of the Book and Electronic Media." In Rethinking Media Change: the Aesthetics of Transition, edited by David Thorburn and Henry Jenkins, 95-116. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003.
    • McKenzie, D.F. "The Broken Phiall: Non-Book Texts." In Bibliography and the Sociology of Texts, 31-54. Cambridge University Press, 1999. []
Week 3
22 Jan
Markup Theory and Practice, Part 1 (Fundamentals)
Week 4
29 Jan
Markup Theory and Practice, Part 2 (Applications)
  • assigned readings
    • Buzzetti, Dino, and Jerome McGann. "Critical Editing in a Digital Horizon." In Electronic Textual Editing, edited by Lou Burnard, Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe, and John Unsworth, 94-127. New York: Modern Language Association, 2006. [online preview version:]
    • Sperberg-McQueen, C.M. "Text in the Electronic Age: Textual Study and Text Encoding, with Examples from Medieval Texts." Literary and Linguistic Computing 6, no. 1 (1991): 34-46. []
  • recommended reading
    • McGann, Jerome. "Visible and Invisible Books: Hermetic Images in n-Dimensional Space." Literary and Linguistic Computing 17.1 (2002): 61-75. []
    • Galey, Alan. "Encoding as Editing as Reading." Unpublished book chapter under review.
Week 5
5 Feb
Markup Theory and Practice, Part 3 (Interfaces)
  • assigned reading
    • Hayles, N. Katharine. "Translating Media: Why We Should Rethink Textuality." Yale Journal of Criticism 16 (2003): 263-90. []
    • Liu, Alan. "Transcendental Data: Toward a Cultural History and Aesthetics of the New Encoded Discourse." Critical Inquiry 31, no. 1 (2004): 49-84. []
  • recommended reading
    • Norton, David. Chapter 3, "The First Edition." In A Textual History of the King James Bible, 46-61. Cambridge University Press, 2005.
    • Stallybrass, Peter. "Visible and Invisible Letters: Text versus Image in Renaissance England and Europe." In Visible Writings: Cultures, Forms, Readings, edited by Marija Dalbello and Mary Shaw, 77-98. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2011.
Week 6
12 Feb
The History and Future of the Page
  • guest speaker: Andrew Steeves (Gaspereau Press)
  • assigned reading
    • Stoicheff, Peter, and Andrew Taylor. Introduction to The Future of the Page. University of Toronto Press, 2004. 3-25.
    • Piper, Andrew. "Turning the Page (Roaming, Zooming, Streaming)." In Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times. University of Chicago Press, 2012. []
  • recommended reading
    • Mak, Bonnie. How the Page Matters. University of Toronto Press, 2011.
    • Bornstein, George. "How to Read a Page: Modernism and Material Textuality." Studies in the Literary Imagination 32, no. 1 (1999): 29-58. []
    • Gaspereau Press's blog:
Week 7
19 Feb
Reading Week (no class)
Week 8
26 Feb
E-Books, Part 1
  • field trip: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (meet at regular classroom at 9:30 am)
  • assigned reading
    • Maxwell, John W. "E-Book Logic: We Can Do Better." Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 51, no. 1 (2013): 29-47. []
    • Galey, Alan. "The Enkindling Reciter: E-Books in the Bibliographical Imagination." Book History 15 (2012): 210-47. [] Note: this author can be a bit long-winded, so we'll limit our focus in class mainly to section 2 ("Digital Texts as Bibliographical Objects") and section 4 ("Reading an E-Book's Expressive Form").
  • recommended reading
Week 9
5 Mar
E-Books, Part 2
Week 10
12 Mar
Books and the Prehistory of Digitization: Sound and Image
  • assigned reading
    • Ruberry, Matthew. "Canned Literature: the Book After Edison." Book History 16 (2013): 215-45. []
    • Mak, Bonnie. "Archaeology of a Digitization." Journal of the American Society of Information Science and Technology. Forthcoming. [Mak-Digitization_JASIST_verAA.pdf; this is a pre-print version shared by permission of the author -- please don't recirculate outside of the class]
  • recommended reading
Week 11
19 Mar
Copyright, Digital Rights Management, and the Book
  • guest speaker: Bobby Glushko (Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries)
  • assigned reading
    • Johns, Adrian. Ch. 1, "A General History of the Pirates" and ch. 17, "Past, Present, and Future." In Piracy: the Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates, 1-15, 497-518. University of Chicago Press, 2009. [; Note: you can download these two chapters as separate PDF files. Click the link provided here, and open any one of the chapters. Once you can see the reading interface open, look at the bottom and you'll see a link that says "Export to PDF." The pagination for exporting doesn't match the pagination shown in the book, but you can export these two chapters if you enter the range 10-24 for chapter 1 and 506-27 for chapter 2.]
  • recommended reading
    • Striphas, Ted. "Bringing Bookland Online." In The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control, 81-109. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.
    • McGill, Meredith L. "Copyright and Intellectual Property: the State of the Discipline." Book History 16 (2013): 387-427. []
    • Benkler, Yochai. Introduction to The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2006. [; open-access version:]
Week 12
26 Mar
Digital Narratives and New Media Experiments
Week 13
2 April
Books of Futures Past

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