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.
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.
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
- October: Angus Vine, University of Stirling on Miscellaneous order
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 (nb.no).