Book History & Digital Humanities
One of the most important fields of inquiry today, Book History examines the creation, production, distribution, and reception of “texts,” from those created in the earliest writing systems to those existing digitally on the internet. Book history examines the social, cultural, economic, and political history of the written word to create, in D. F. McKenzie’s terms, a “sociology of texts.” That sociology considers those actors in the creation and production of the text—authors, editors, publishers, printers, illustrators, binders, booksellers, etc.—and in its reception: readers, reviewers, and critics.
The book history emphasis draws on the expertise of 14 faculty in the Department of English. Our faculty have held fellowships from the NEH, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library , and the Bibliographical Society of America. They have published 13 scholarly editions, 3 books, 5 textbooks, 6 collections of essays or special issues, and many articles. Two are editors of book series, and several have won awards for their research, scholarship, and teaching. You can learn more about our faculty by using the link at right.
Courses taught by core faculty always include book history perspectives. Affiliated faculty identify when a course contains elements supportive of the emphasis. Courses dealing in whole or in part with any of the following subjects would fall under that category:
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For more information about the Book History emphasis, contact Dr. Ann Hawkins by clicking on her name or by calling the Department of English at (806) 742-2500.
For general information about graduate study in English at Texas Tech University, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies by email or at (806) 742-2500 ext. 248.