Approaches to Authorship, Publishing and Reading

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Copyright and the creation of intellectual property

Editing, Editors and Authors

Reading: Publishers readers, audiences and textual poachers

The literary marketplace

Literary Prizes and the economy of prestige

Literary Agency

Interfaces between Educational and Literary/Trade Publishing

Cover stories and Paratexts

The material life of books

Book design and the history of typography

When is a book not a book?


  • Essay 6,000 words (100%)

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the module, students should be able

  1. to show awareness of some scholarly trends, key authors, and noteworthy publications in the field of book history/print culture.
  2. discuss how the roles in the communication circuit and life cycle of the book
  3. discuss the impact of intellectual property and copyright law
  4. to shape and manage their research projects
  5. to show critical awareness of their own work in the context of ongoing book history research
  6. to assimilate and articulate a critical understanding of texts and ideas and of their historical relationships where appropriate 


  • To explore key issues in authorship and publishing studies after 1710, but with special emphasis on the long 20th century
  • To explore key moments in the communication circuits of production, dissemination and reception of texts
  • To explore the material life and cultures of texts
  • To complement HU52005 The History of the Book
  • To provide a practical and intellectual foundation for students wanting to undertake work placement projects in related fields


Dr Gail Low


The module will be taught through seminars and workshops over 11 weeks.