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Book History and Print Culture

Book History and Print Culture: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lead Faculty

Arts and Science

Participating Degree Programs

Classics—MA, PhD
Comparative Literature—MA, PhD
East Asian Studies—MA, PhD
English—MA, PhD
French Language and Literature—MA, PhD
Germanic Languages and Literatures—MA​
​​German Literature, Culture and Theory—PhD
History—MA, PhD
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology—MA, PhD
History of Art—MA, PhD
Information—MI
Information Studies—PhD
Italian Studies—MA, PhD
Medieval Studies—MA, PhD
Museum Studies—MMSt
Music—MA, PhD
Religion—MA, PhD
Spanish—MA, PhD​ 

Overview

Histoire du livre, History of the Book, Textual Studies, Print Culture, Sociology of the Text: all​ these names have been used to describe a growing international academic movement. The graduate programs listed above, in conjunction with Massey College, sponsor an interdisciplinary study in Book History and Print Culture (BHPC) in which the rich physical and human resources of the University of Toronto are brought to bear on multiple aspects of the creation, transmission, and reception of the written word. BHPC brings together graduate students from a variety of disciplines based on their common research interest in the physical, cultural, and theoretical aspects of the book. As a collaborative specialization, it is designed to augment the learning and research potential of existing master's and doct​oral programs by pooling the expertise of University of Toronto faculty members in this field from several disciplines.

Students register first for a master's or doctoral degree in their home unit and then apply to the collaborative specialization. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home department and the collaborative specialization, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Book History and Print Culture” on their transcript and parchment.

Contact and Address

Web: http://bhpctoronto.com/​
Email: book.history@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 946-3560

Alan Galey, Director
Collaborative Specialization in Book History and Print Culture
University of Toronto
Massey College
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1
Canada

Book History and Print Culture: Master's Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants who wish to enrol in the collaborative specialization must apply to and be admitted to both the collaborative specialization and one of the participating degree programs (home unit). Applicants to the collaborative specialization write to the director giving information about their background and relevant interests, identifying the degree and home unit for which they are applying, and outlining a proposed plan of study by April 10 for September admission. Applicants need not wait for a final decision from the home unit before applying to the collaborative specialization. Academic transcript(s) should be included in the application; unofficial transcripts are acceptable and may be sent either as scans attached to your email or as printouts from a student web service mailed to the BHPC office. Advice is available from the director and the collaborative specialization committee.

  • Applications from the participating units have priority in admissions. If there is space in the collaborative specialization, students from other units may apply; they should consult the graduate coordinator in their home unit and the director of the BHPC specialization. Since course requirements vary from unit to unit, it is essential that there be close consultation between the collaborative specialization and the home unit at the time of the application.

Specialization Requirements

  • Students must fulfil the degree requirements of the unit in which they are enrolled.

  • BKS 1001H Introduction to Book History (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]), and BKS 1002H Book History in Practice (0.5 FCE), both of which should be taken in Year 1 of study.

  • At least 1.0 FCE in additional courses related to book history and print culture. The additional 1.0 FCE will come from the BHPC roster of cross-listed courses, though students may substitute other courses with the director's approval. Students are encouraged, if possible, to take courses outside their home unit.

  • Depending on the regulations of the home unit, a master's thesis in the area of book history and print culture may be substituted for the additional 1.0 FCE beyond BKS 1001H and BKS 1002H.

Book History and Print Culture: Doctoral Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants who wish to enrol in the collaborative specialization must apply to and be admitted to both the collaborative specialization and one of the participating degree programs (home unit). Applicants to the collaborative specialization write to the director giving information about their background and relevant interests, identifying the degree and home unit for which they are applying, and outlining a proposed plan of study by April 10 for September admission. Applicants need not wait for a final decision from the home unit before applying to the collaborative specialization. Academic transcript(s) should be included in the application; unofficial transcripts are acceptable and may be sent either as scans attached to your email or as printouts from a student web service mailed to the BHPC office. Advice is available from the director and the collaborative specialization committee.

  • Applications from the participating units have priority in admissions. If there is space in the collaborative specialization, students from other units may apply; they should consult the graduate coordinator in their home unit and the director of the BHPC specialization. Since course requirements vary from unit to unit, it is essential that there be close consultation between the collaborative specialization and the home unit at the time of the application.

Specialization Requirements

  • Students must fulfil the degree requirements of the unit in which they are enrolled.

  • The plan of study must also be approved by the BHPC specialization committee. The plan of study includes BKS 1001H Introduction to Book History (if that course has not been taken previously at the master's level), BKS 2000H Advanced Seminar in Book History and Print Culture, and BKS 2001H Individual Practicum in Book History and Print Culture. BKS 1001H must be taken as a prerequisite or co-requisite to BKS 2000H and BKS 2001H.

  • The dissertation topic will be in the area of book history and print culture. The advisory committee will include at least one faculty member affiliated with BHPC, and students are encouraged, but not required, to seek representation on the committee from outside the home unit.

  • The collaborative specialization may be completed on a flexible-time basis only by Faculty of Information students registered for the Information flexible-time PhD.

Book History and Print Culture: Courses

​BKS 1001H
​Introdu​ction to Book History
​BKS 1002H
Book History in Practice​
​BKS 2000H
Advanced Seminar in Book History and Print Culture​
​BKS 2001H
Individual Practicum in Book History and Print Culture​​

Get further details and listings of appropriate courses in various graduate units.​