Schedule and Readings

Week 1
12 Sept
  • assigned reading
    • Duguid, Paul. "Material Matters: The Past and Futurology of the Book." In The Future of the Book, edited by Geoffrey Nunberg, 63-101. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1996. [Duguid - Material Matters.pdf]
    • Drucker, Johanna, "Modeling Functionality: From Codex to E-book." In SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Projects in Speculative Computing, 165-75. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. [; note that you can download the entire chapter as a single PDF file if you enter the page range 186-95, though you'll need to view the endnotes separately]
  • recommended reading
    • Galey, Alan. "Reading the Book of Mozilla: Web Browsers and the Materiality of Digital Texts." In The History of Reading, Vol. 3: Methods, Strategies, Tactics. Edited by Rosalind Crone and Shafquat Towheed, 196-214. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. [Galey - Book of Mozilla _published_.pdf]
Week 2
19 Sept
Theoretical Frameworks
Week 3
26 Sept
Markup Theory and Practice, Part 1 (Fundamentals)
Week 4
3 Oct
Markup Theory and Practice, Part 2 (Applications)
10 Oct Thanksgiving long weekend (no class)

Week 5
17 Oct
Markup Theory and Practice, Part 3 (Interfaces)
  • assigned reading
    • Kirschenbaum, Matthew G. "'So the Colors Cover the Wires': Interface, Aesthetics, and Usability." In A Companion to Digital Humanities, edited by Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, and John Unsworth. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004. []
    • Flanders, Julia. "Collaboration and Dissent: Challenges of Collaborative Standards for Digital Humanities." In Collaborative Research in the Digital Humanities, edited by Marilyn Deegan and Willard McCarty. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012. [Flanders - collaboration and dissent.pdf]
  • recommended reading
Week 6
24 Oct
Literary Labour and Digital Publishing
  • guest speaker: Sarah Lubelski, Faculty of Information
  • assigned reading
    • Brouillette, Sarah. "Work as Art / Art as Life." In Literature and the Creative Economy. Stanford University Press, 2014. [Brouillette_Ch2.pdf]
    • Striphas, Ted. "E-Books and the Digital Future." In The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009. [Striphas - E-Books.pdf]
  • recommended reading
    • Murray, Padmini Ray, and Claire Squires. "The Digital Publishing Communications Circuit." Book 2.0 3, no. 1 (2013): 3-23. []
    • Thompson, John B., "The Digital Revolution." In Merchants of Culture: the Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2010. [Thompson - digital revolution.pdf ]
    • Johns, Adrian. Ch. 1, "A General History of the Pirates" and ch. 17, "Past, Present, and Future." In Piracy: the Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates, 1-15, 497-518. University of Chicago Press, 2009. [; Note: you can download these two chapters as separate PDF files. Click the link provided here, and open any one of the chapters. Once you can see the reading interface open, look at the bottom and you'll see a link that says "Export to PDF." The pagination for exporting doesn't match the pagination shown in the book, but you can export these two chapters if you enter the range 10-24 for chapter 1 and 506-27 for chapter 2.]
    • McGill, Meredith L. "Copyright and Intellectual Property: the State of the Discipline." Book History 16 (2013): 387-427. []
    • Benkler, Yochai. Introduction to The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2006. [; open-access version:]
    • Fraysse, Olivier, and Mathieu O’Neil. "Hacked in the USA: Prosumption and Digital Labour." In Digital Labour and Prosumer Capitalism: the US Matrix. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015.
    • Lazzarato, Maurizio. "Immaterial Labour." In Radical Thought in Italy: a Potential Politics. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2006.
Week 7
31 Oct
E-Books, Part 1
  • assigned reading
    • Maxwell, John W. "E-Book Logic: We Can Do Better." Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 51, no. 1 (2013): 29-47. []
    • Simon Rowberry, "Ebookness," Convergence: the International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies [pre-print; no vol/no assigned yet] (2015): 1-18
  • recommended reading
    • Pierce, Jennifer Burek. "E-Books for Young Readers: a Historical Overview of Interdisciplinary Literatures." Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 51, no. 1 (2013): 105-29. []
7 Nov Reading Week (no class)
Week 8
14 Nov
E-Books, Part 2
  • assigned reading
    • Trettien, Whitney Anne. "A Deep History of Electronic Textuality: the Case of English Reprints Jhon Milton Areopagitica." Digital Humanities Quarterly 7, no. 1 (2013):
    • Galey, Alan. "The Enkindling Reciter: E-Books in the Bibliographical Imagination." Book History 15 (2012): 210-47. [] Note: this author can be long-winded, so we'll limit our focus in class mainly to section 2 ("Digital Texts as Bibliographical Objects") and section 4 ("Reading an E-Book's Expressive Form").
  • recommended reading
Week 9
21 Nov
Books and the Prehistory of Digitization: Sound and Image
Week 10
28 Nov
Case Study: Coach House Books and Publishing in Canada
Week 11
5 Dec
Reading Interfaces: the History and Future of the Page
  • assigned reading
  • recommended reading
    • Mak, Bonnie. How the Page Matters. University of Toronto Press, 2011.
    • Piper, Andrew. "Turning the Page (Roaming, Zooming, Streaming)." In Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times. University of Chicago Press, 2012. [Piper - turning the page.pdf]
    • Schofield, Scott, and Jennette Webber. "Opening the Early Modern Toolbox: the Digital Interleaf and the Digital Commonplace Book." Scholarly and Research Communication 4, no. 3 (2013):
    • Peter Stoicheff and Andrew Taylor. "Introduction: Architectures, Ideologies, and Materials of the Page." In The Future of the Page, ed. Stoicheff and Taylor (University of Toronto Press, 2007), 3–25. [Stoicheff and Taylor - intro.pdf]
Week 12
12 Dec
Books of Futures Past