History of books and censorship
Comparative Studies of Ideas and Cultures (3rd level)Module:
Course code: 79
Contact hours: lectures 30 hours, seminar 30 hours, consultation 30 hours
Course type: elective
Teaching and learning methods: lectures, seminar
Objectives and competences
Students are acquainted with the importance of books and their knowledge transfer, and ultimately the importance of blocking this knowledge in various periods and history in general. They master the basic Slovenian and international literature on this topic and the main methodological procedures for studying it.
Content (syllabus outline)
This course presents the history of books—in particular, the ways in which various cultures from Antiquity to the present have created, disseminated, transmitted, and received texts. The overview includes various material, cultural, and theoretical carriers, aspects, and forms of books, including manuscripts, printed books, and digital books. The presentation of each historical period includes an outline of the social, economic, and cultural conditions that determined the book form and content. In addition, the main elements of book culture are analyzed for each period; for example, the author’s, editor’s, publisher’s, and printer’s position, the methods of publishing and selling books, library types, the canonization process, literacy scope, the reading public’s horizon, and so on. Special attention is dedicated to various forms of book censorship up to the beginning of the twenty-first century, including book burning, forbidden book indexes, and self-censorship.
- Chartier, Roger. Red knjig: bralci, avtorji in knjižnice v Evropi med 14. in 18. stoletjem. Transl. Saša Jerele. Forward by Maja Breznik. Ljubljana: Sophia, 2011.
- Darnton, Robert. The Literary Underground of the Old Regime. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1982.
- Dolgan, Marjan, Jerneja Fridl, and Manca Volk. Literarni atlas Ljubljane. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC, 2014.
- Dović, Marijan, ed. Literatura in cenzura: Kdo se boji resnice literature? / Literature and Censorship: Who Is Afraid of the Truth of Literature? = Primerjalna književnost 31 (2008).
- Dović, Marijan, Jernej Habjan, and Marko Juvan, eds. The Book and the Economy of Cultural Spaces. Primerjalna književnost 35.1 (2012).
- Howard, Nicole. The Book. The Life Story of a Technology. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins UP, 2009.
- Juvan, Marko. Kulturni obtok in knjiga: književnost, vednost, prostor in ekonomija (uvodni zaris) = Cultural Circulation and the Book: Literature, Knowledge, Space, and Economy (An Introduction). Primerjalna književnost 35. 1 (2012): 11–35.
- Lærke, Mogens, ed. The Use of Censorship in the Enlightenment. Leiden: Brill, 2009.
- Pettegree, Andrew: The Book in the Renaissance. New Haven: Yale UP, 2011.
- Vidmar, Luka. Prepovedane knjige na Kranjskem od indeksa Pavla IV. (1559) do indeksa Pija VI. (1786). Svetovne književnosti in obrobja. Ed. Marko Juvan. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC (Studia litteraria), 2012. 233−262.
- Active participation in lectures and seminars.
- Students must write a term paper in order to take the exam.
- Students then take an oral exam on all of the material covered in the course.