15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: 'Whatever they may do, authors do not write books. Books are not written at all. They are manufactured by scribes and other artisans, by mechanics and engineers, and by printing presses and other machines' (Roger E. Stodhard). This module examines the processes which created the works that early modern audiences experienced, in manuscript and print, or as performance. Topics covered on the module include the production, licensing, dissemination, reception, and censorship of literary works. Knowledge of these processes, and the practical constraints and contingencies attendant on them, enriches our appreciation of how early moderns perceived the books they read/owned and the performances they witnessed, and gives insight into the often collaborative and contested nature of `authorship'. The module will also consider the role of the modern scholarly editor.

Staff Contact: Jane Lowe
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Classroom Testing

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