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Drew University Book History MA Program

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                                        Date:     26-Oct-1998 09:08pm EDT
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Subject: Drew University Book History MA Program


        Drew University has inaugurated an MA program in Book History --
one of the newest disciplines in the academic world.  This is the first
such program to be launched outside Europe.

        According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, book history has
become "a particularly hot topic in the humanities -- and not just in the
United States."  Broadly speaking, book history is the history of written
communication -- the creation, diffusion, and uses of script and print.
It is concerned not only with books per se, but with all kinds of
documents, including newspapers, periodicals, manuscripts, and ephemera.
It encompasses the history of authorship, publishing, printing, the book
arts, copyright, censorship, bookselling, libraries, literacy, literary
criticism, and reading.  In today's "information society," book historians
are casting a new light on the communication of information through the
written word, from cuneiform to the Internet.

        Pioneered by such scholars are Robert Darnton and Elizabeth
Eisenstein, book history has become the most innovative branch of
historical and literary studies.  Book historians have shown that print
has been a powerful force for social change, from the Renaissance to
the French Revolution to the collapse of the Soviet Empire.  The Society
for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP), launched in
1991 at Drew University, is now one of the fastest-growing scholarly
societies, with 1000 members in 20 countries.

        Drew University plans to offer the following courses in the
1999-2001 academic years, subject to student demand and availability:

        The History of the Book in America
        The History of the Book in Britain
        The History of the Book in Europe
        The History of Libraries, Museums and Information
        The History of Religious Publishing
        The History of Propaganda and Censorship
        The History of the American Mass Media
        The History of Textual Interpretation
        Archives and Research
        The Sociology of Mass Communication
        The Early Book: Manuscript to Print 1350-1550
        The History of Printing
        The History of Literacy
        The History of Antiquarian Bookselling and Collecting
        The History of Linguistics and Lexicography
        The History of Children's Publishing
        The History of the Print
        The History of the Jewish Book
        The African-American Press
        The Art of the Book
        The Contemporary Book Trade
        The Electronic Text

        The program is designed for librarians, teachers, bibliophiles,
booksellers, book arts workers, publishing professionals, and students who

plan to pursue doctoral degrees in history or literature.  There will be
opportunities for part-time and full-time study, as well as internships
for academic credit with the Grolier Club in New York.  The first intake
of students will be in September 1999.

        For further information and application forms, contact the Office
of Graduate Admissions, Drew University, Madison, NJ 07940-3110, telephone
973-408-3110, e-mail gsoroka@xxxxxxxxx

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