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. Literature, in this context, goes beyond the poem, play or novel and comes to be seen as an expression of human culture more generally. Thus, Book History connects literary study with the sociology of text, textual criticism, cultural history and reception history.
About the group
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.
Several members of the Book History group participate in the research project LitCit - Literary Citizens of the World. Tracing the transnational crossroads of books in Early Modern Norway. The Project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and managed by the National Library. More information is found here.
For lunch seminars winter/spring 2019, see Norwegian web page