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Book history

Book History is an interdisciplinary field of research. We explore the role of the book as a material object, medium of literature and historically changing cultural artefact from theoretical, empirical and historical perspectives.

Old books i a book shelf. Photo.

Photo: A.B. Rønning

About the group

Literature, in this context, goes beyond the poem, play or novel and comes to be seen as an expression of human culture more generally. 

Book History connects literary study with the sociology of text, textual criticism, cultural history and reception history.

Members of the group largely work with seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Dano-Norwegian, English and French literature. As comparatists, however, we principally take an interest in literature in all languages which we are able to read.

Lunch seminars

The group organize lunch seminars, normally three seminars per semester, Fridays at 12.15 to 13.30

Spring term 2022​​​

  • 25 March: Thorbjørn Nordbø, IFIKK, on allographic dedications in editions of Machiavellis Il Principe 
  • 1. April:  Magne Klasson on traces of novel reading in Norway 1790—1810, based on the diaries of Christiane Koren
  • 6 May: Kamilla Aslaksen, Høyskolen i Innlandet, Hamsun's library at Nørholm

Plans for autumn 2022

For more details, and list of previous lunch seminars, see the Norwegian web page.


Several members of the Book History group participated in the research project LitCit - Literary Citizens of the World. Tracing the transnational crossroads of books in Early Modern Norway.

The Project was funded by the Norwegian Research Council and managed by the National Library. More information is found on LitCit's web page at the National Library (

Tags: Book History, Literature, Criticism, Bibliography, Cultural history, Literary Scholarship, Textual Criticism, Reception History, Sociology of Literature
Published June 1, 2016 10:19 AM - Last modified May 27, 2022 3:03 PM