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Book History, Cultural History, and Beyond

Book History, Cultural History, and Beyond
140 St. George St., room 728
Time: Jan 19th, 4:15 pm End: Jan 19th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Information, Faculty of, History (FAS), History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Canada, Book History/Print Culture, Art (FAS), 2000-
Lecture by Yvan Lamonde, McGill University

The Toronto Centre for the Book in association with the iSchool present:

Yvan Lamond, McGill University

Book History, Cultural History, and Beyond

Cultural and intellectual history is benefiting from strong recognition on the part of international historiography due in good part to its proximity in the last four decades to book history. If historians brought a unique contribution to book history, book history decisively contributed to the mapping of crucial subfields of a certain type of culture. Our new understanding of political culture in the 18th and 19th centuries gained much from the exploration of the links between print culture and the birth of public opinion, between “édition et sédition”. Book history allowed us to document the making of culture by a refinement of our understanding of literacy and reading, our understanding of the dissemination of ideas and opinions and of the iconographic representation of culture through its selection of social attributes. Finally book history made clear to cultural and intellectual historians that they were exploring, in fact, one kind of source, the printed word, and that there were others kinds of sources, other worlds of culture which needed to be explored.

Emeritus Professor and James McGill Chair in Quebec comparative history, Yvan Lamonde was co-general editor of Book History in Canada / Histoire du livre et de l'imprimé au Canada with Patricia Fleming. The author of a multivolume Histoire sociale des idées au Québec (in the process of being translated at McGill-Queen's) he has also published on the history of libraries, bookstores and reading.


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