Schedule and Readings


Week 1
11 Jan
  • 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]
  • further reading
    • tba
Week 2
18 Jan
Theoretical Frameworks
Week 3
25 Jan
Markup Theory and Practice, Part 1 (Fundamentals)
Week 4
1 Feb
Markup Theory and Practice, Part 2 (Applications)
  • assigned readings
    • Renear, Allen. "Out of Praxis: Three (Meta)Theories of Textuality." Electronic Text: Investigations in Method and Theory, edited by Kathryn Sutherland, 107-26. Oxford: Clarendon, 1997. []
    • McGann, Jerome. "Visible and Invisible Books: Hermetic Images in n-Dimensional Space." Literary and Linguistic Computing 17.1 (2002): 61-75. []
  • recommended reading
    • Buzzetti, Dino, and Jerome McGann. "Critical Editing in a Digital Horizon." In Electronic Textual Editing, edited by Lou Burnard, Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe, and John Unsworth, 94-127. New York: Modern Language Association, 2006. [online preview version:]
Week 5
8 Feb
Markup Theory and Practice, Part 3 (Interfaces)
15 Feb

Reading Week (no class)
  • encoding challenge assignment due this week
Week 6
22 Feb
The History and Future of the Page
  • field trip: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
  • assigned reading
    • Stoicheff, Peter, and Andrew Taylor. Introduction to The Future of the Page. University of Toronto Press, 2004. 3-25. [Stoicheff and Taylor - intro.pdf]
    • Piper, Andrew. "Turning the Page (Roaming, Zooming, Streaming)." In Book Was There: Reading in Electronic Times. University of Chicago Press, 2012. []
  • recommended reading
    • Mak, Bonnie. How the Page Matters. University of Toronto Press, 2011.
    • Bornstein, George. "How to Read a Page: Modernism and Material Textuality." Studies in the Literary Imagination 32, no. 1 (1999): 29-58. []
Week 7
29 Feb
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. []
Week 8
7 Mar
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
    • Ray Murray, Padmini, and Claire Squires. "The Digital Publishing Communications Circuit." Book 2.0 3, no. 1 (2013): 3-23. []
    • Kenna, Hilary. "Touching the Text of T.S. Elio's 'The Waste Land': a Critical Discussion of Interactive Design and Screen Typography for an iPad E-Book." Book 2.0 1, no. 2 (2011): 207-238. []
    • Benton, Megan L., "Typography and Gender: Remasculating the Modern Book," in Illuminating Letters: Typography and Literary Interpretation, ed. Paul C. Gutjahr and Megan L. Benton (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2001), 71-93
Week 9
14 Mar
Books and the Prehistory of Digitization: Sound and Image
Week 10
21 Mar
Copyright, Digital Rights Management, and the Book
  • guest speaker: Bobby Glushko, Head of Scholarly Communications and Copyright, U of T Libraries
  • assigned reading
    • 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.]
  • recommended reading
    • Striphas, Ted. "Bringing Bookland Online." In The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control, 81-109. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.
    • 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:]
Week 11
28 Mar
Digital Narratives and New Media Experiments
Week 12
4 April
Books of Futures Past

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