The session “Understanding the Pre-Digital Books” of the 2012 Summer Institute of Digital Humanities is aimed at literary scholars, historians, archivists, librarians, and bibliophiles. It will define “Book Culture” in history and in its new contexts. Contrasting the circumstances of production and the continuous reception of objects which were “unique reproductions” (the manuscripts), then “repetitive reproductions” (the printed books), it will provide an overview on the historical dimensions of creation, of transmission and of conservation. Conceived in complementarity with the digital workshops, this session  will give methodologies and reference tools for replacing digital books in their original contexts (historical, codicological, contemporary) and will provide a toolkit for looking at facsimiles and digital reproductions with different perspectives.



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