G5001: MA Seminar: The Early Modern Book: Texts, Printings, Readings
Fall 1998
Prof. David Scott Kastan
Philosophy 618
Office Hours: Tuesday: 10 -12;
Wednesday: 10-12
854-6257; dsk1@columbia.edu
Assigned texts (available at Labyrinth):
 Roger Chartier: The Order of Books
 Robert Darton: The Kiss of Lamourette
 Elizabeth Eisenstein: The Printing Revolution in Early Modern England
 Febvre and Martin: The Coming of the Book
 Philip Gaskell: New Introduction to Bibliography
 Shakespeare: Hamlet
 plus xerox packet available in Departmental office

Reserve Books:
Bennett, English Books and Readers
Chartier, The Culture of Print
Chartier, The History of Private Life (vol. 3)
Clegg, Press Censorship in Elizabethan England
Cox and Kastan, A New History of Early English Drama
Cressy, Literacy and the Social Order
Eisenstein, The Printing Press as an Agent of Change
Feather, A History of British Publishing
Greetham, Textual Scholarship
Kintgen, Reading in Tudor England
Love, Scribal Publication in Seventeenth Century England
Marotti, Manuscript, Print, and the Emglish Renaissance Lyric
McKenzie, Bibliography and the Sociology of Texts
Raven et al. The Practice and Representation of Reading
Rose, Authors and Owners
Saenger, The Space Between Words
Shakespeare, Hamlet (Q1)
Shakespeare, Hamlet (Q2)
Shakespeare, The First Folio, Norton facsimile, ed. Hinman
Tribble, Margins and Marginality
Woudhuysen, Sir Philip Sidney and the Circulation of Manuscripts

          G5001x Syllabus:

Sept. 9:  Introductions and an Introduction: Darnton, “What is the History of Books,” in Kiss, pp. 107-135; (in packet): Tanselle, “The History of Books as a Field of Study”; Feather, “The Book as History and the History of Books”; Kastan, “Impressiosn of Poetry”

Sept. 16:  What is a Text?: (in packet): Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”: Butor, “The Book as Object”; Orgel, “What is a Text.”  Assignment 1.

Sept. 23:  What is an Author?: (in packet): Foucault, “What is an Author”; Barthes, “The Death of the Author”; Chartier, Order, pp. 25-60; optional: Rose, pp. 1-48.

Sept. 30:  The Impact of Print: Eisenstein, Printing Revolution, esp. chaps. 1-4 and 7-8; Febve and Martin, Chap. 8; optional: Chartier, intro. to The Culture of PrintAssignment 2.

Oct. 7 (N.B.: class moved to Monday, Oct. 5): Readers and Reading: Chartier, Order, pp. -25; Darnton, Kiss, pp. 154-90; Thomas, “The Meaning of Literacy” (in packet).  Optional: Cressy, Literacy, pp. ; Raven et al., Practice, chaps. 3-6; Brayman, in Cox and Kastan, pp. 113-32;  Also, Saenger (esp. for medievalists).

Oct. 14: (meet in rare Book Room) Looking at Books: or, You Can Judge a Book by its Cover: handouts.

Oct. 21:  The Mechanics of Culture: Gaskell, pp. 5-185; optional Febvre and Martin, chap. 1-3. Assignment 3.

Oct. 28:  Books in the Marketplace: Feather, pp. 7-66; Fevre and Martin, chaps. 4-7; Darton, Kiss, pp. 136-53. Optional: Bennett; Blayney in Cox and Kastan, pp. 383-422.

Nov. 4:   Regulation and Censorship: Clegg (in packet); see also Patterson, Dutton, Bawcutt, Clare.

Nov. 11: The Written Word in an Age of Print: Marotti, 75-298; Love; 3-137; Woudhuysen, 27-204;  Assignment 4.

Nov. 18: Paleography Workshop: Munby (in packet); optional: Chartier, “The Practical Impact of Writing," in History of Private Life.

Nov. 24:  (No class--Thanksgiving Week)

Dec. 2:  Editing and the Construction of Texts I: Hamlet; Greetham, pp. 347-418.

Dec. 9:   Editing and the Construction of Texts II: Hamlet; final paper due.

Dec. 16: (possible make-up class, or, better, a party)