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New Directions in Book History

Book Destruction from the Medieval to the Contemporary

Editors: Partington, G., Smyth, A. (Eds.)

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This rich and varied collection of essays by scholars and interviews with artists approaches the fraught topic of book destruction from a new angle, setting out an alternative history of the cutting, burning, pulping, defacing and tearing of books from the medieval period to our own age.

About the authors

Anthony Bale, Birkbeck, University of London, UK Heike Bauer, Birkbeck, University of London, UK Ross Birrell, Glasgow School of Arts, Scotland Stephen Colclough, Bangor University, Wales Nicola Dale, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK Kate Flint, University of Southern California, USA Tom Philips, artist, UK Adam Smyth, Balliol College, Oxford, UK Heather Tilley, independent scholar, UK

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“This lively book helps inaugurate Palgrave’s series New Directions in Book History, the raison d’être of which is to publish “monographs that employ advanced methods and open up new frontiers in research” (i) ... there is much to admire and enjoy in this collection, the quirkiness and scholarliness of which bode well for future volumes in the series.” (Jonathan Gibson, The Open University, UK)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Partington, Gill (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • Burning Sexual Subjects: Books, Homophobia and the Nazi Destruction of the Institute of Sexual Science in Berlin

    Bauer, Heike

    Pages 17-33

  • Burning to Read: Ben Jonson’s Library Fire of 1623

    Smyth, Adam

    Pages 34-54

  • From Books to Skoob; Or, Media Theory with a Circular Saw

    Partington, Gill

    Pages 57-73

  • ‘Book Torture’: An Interview with Ross Birrell

    Smyth, Adam (et al.)

    Pages 74-86

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Book Destruction from the Medieval to the Contemporary
Editors
  • G. Partington
  • A. Smyth
Series Title
New Directions in Book History
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-36766-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137367662
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-36765-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47455-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 216
Topics