History of Books and Publishing (2017/2018)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

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Federica Formiga
Federica Formiga
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Semester 1 dal Oct 2, 2017 al Jan 20, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course will analyze the book as a product of conveying ideas from the second half of the 15th century up to the present days. Techniques for building books have continually evolved, crossing with political, economic, and ultimately cultural interests. The book will be presented as an artefact, but also as a social object that over the span of decades has undergone into format and content transformations, shaping new ideas and influencing the intellectual renewal of Europe for which the publishing world still plays an essential role.


During the course will be analyzed media, formats, writing tools, book types and different editions. The book will be considered not only as a material object, but also as a content vehicle. During the course, special attention will be paid to the publishing world and its roles in the cultural landscape, taking into account the major Italian publishers and the choices made as an industry.

1. L. Fevre – H.J. Martin, La nascita del libro, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2000, pp. 11-121

2. Fréderic Barbier, Storia del libro. Dall’antichità al XX secolo, Bari, edizioni Dedalo, 2004, pp. 141-163, 171-186, 343-369.

4. https://www.academia.edu/33751083/Glossario_del_libro:
abstract, collatura, aldino, altezza dei caratteri, antiporta, Arrighi, Bodoni, bodoniani, colophon, compositoio, compositore, composizione, contraffazione, copyright, correttore di bozze, corsivo, costi editoriali, Creative commons, data di edizione, dedica, DRM, diritto d'autore, e-book, e-paper, e-reader, editore, editoria, editoria digitale, edizione, fascicolo composizione (I parte), filigrana, font, fonte, Fust Johann, greco carattere, Guntenberg, imprimatur, ISBN, Jenson Nicolas, libro tipografico, licenza, Manuzio, palinsesto, paratesto, pergamena, ponitore, privilegio, rotolo, salterio, Schoffer, segnatura, Spira, stampa tipografica, Sweynheym, timpano, torchio tipografico.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Andrew Piper Il libro era lì. La lettura nell'era digitale Franco Angeli 2013 978-88-204-5665-8
L. Fevre – H.J. Martin La nascita del libro Laterza 2000 9788842095293
Alberto Cadioli, Giuliano Vigini Storia dell'editoria in Italia dall'unità ad oggi Editrice la bibliografica 2018
Barbier, F. Storia del libro dall'antichità al XX secolo Dedalo 2004

Assessment methods and criteria

Examination sessions provide, on the five fixed appendices, three in written form; they will usually be held on the first date of the summer and autumn sessions.

Written test divided in five open-ended questions for students of Languages and Cultures for Publishing. The written test is intended to verify the acquired knowledge, the ability to synthesize and contextualize the subject.