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HISTORY OF READING IN MODERN TIMES (15th – 21st centuries)


Teaching Staff: Kokkomelis Nikos
Course Code: ΕΘΝ204
Course Type: Compulsory Elective
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Delivery method: Lectures
Semester: 8th
ECTS: 5

Short Description:

Reading is an ancient practice. Since at least 3600 BC people have always been reading. Focusing on modernity (15th -21st centuries), we will investigate the composition of the reading public, the availability of the book, reading rules and norms. Special attention will be brought to the material conditions of this cultural practice that we tend today to consider as self-evident, to its commercial dimension and to “reading trends”. Special mentions will be reserved to the digital transformation of the book and to its consequences upon contemporary reading practices.


Objectives - Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the semester students will be able to distinguish the characteristics of the reading practices and to understand them as evidence of a cultural history of erudition.


Syllabus:

1st week: Introduction. Who (used to) read and how?

2nd week: Reading in classical Antiquity

3rd week: Reading in Byzantine Empire

4th week: Scribes, monks and readers from the Middle Ages to the era of Humanism

5th week: Readers and printers in Renaissance Italy

6th week: Reformation and Counter-reformation

7th week: ‘Popular’ readers and ‘popular’ reading from the Renaissance to the 18th century.

8th week: Greek readers in the era of the Enlightenment

9th week: Revolutionizing reading practices: the 18th century

10th week: Creating a new reading public: the 19th century

11th week: New media I: the print in crisis?

12th week: New media II: digital publishing – digital readers

13th week: Resume

 


Suggested Bibliography:
  • Gugliemo Cavallo, Roger Chartier (επιμ.), Ιστορία της ανάγνωσης στο δυτικό κόσμο, Μεταίχμιο, Αθήνα 2008.
  • Roger Chartier, The order of books: readers, authors, and libraries in Europe between the Fourteenth and Eighteenth Centuries, Cambridge, Polity Press 1994.
  • Brian Richardson, Τυπογραφεία, συγγραφείς και αναγνώστες στην Ιταλία της Αναγέννησης, ΜΙΕΤ, Αθήνα 2014.
  • Elizabeth Eisenstein, Η τυπογραφική επανάσταση στις απαρχές της νεότερης Ευρώπης, Τυποφιλία / Μαστορίδης, Αθήνα 2004.
  • Φίλιππος Ηλιού, Ιστορίες του ελληνικού βιβλίου, ΙΤΕ-ΠΕΚ, Ηράκλειο 2006.
  • Α. Κουμαριανού / E. Layton / Λ. Δρούλια, Το ελληνικό βιβλίο 1476-1830, ΜΙΕΤ, Αθήνα 1986.
  • Gugliemo Cavallo, Η ανάγνωση στο Βυζάντιο, εκδόσεις Άγρα, Αθήνα 2008.
  • Lionel Casson, Οι βιβλιοθήκες στον Αρχαίο κόσμο, ΜΙΕΤ, Αθήνα 2006.

Teaching Methods:

3 hour lectures course
Commenting on written and audiovisual sources


Evaluation Methods:

Written examination


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