Tutor: Emilie Murphy
Module type: MA Skills
Module code: HIS00104M
This module offers an introduction to the technical analysis and interpretation of printed items made in the period 1500-1800. It is designed to provide students with the technical skills needed to begin research using early-modern printed sources. Students will learn about the historiography of print culture and associated concepts (such as reception and circulation). They will be able to see, first-hand, an early-modern printing-press and understand how it worked. They will handle a variety of early-modern sources – including but not limited to books, handbills, music, pamphlets, and plays – from the tens of thousands of printed items in the collections of York Minster Library.
The provisional programme is as follows:
Week 1: Briefing (1 hour)
Week 2: Context/theory seminar: The Historiography of Print (2 hours)
Week 3: Workshop I: The Printing Press (4 hours)
Week 4: Workshop II: York Minster Library (4 hours)
Weeks 5-8: Independent project work
Week 8: Project Mini-Conference (3 hours)
Students should also explore the following online resources: http://sarahwerner.net/FolgerBooks/index.php/resources/
For more information, please refer to the module catalogue.