Natural Histories of the Book

Event Dates: 22 May 2014
Birkbeck School of Arts
Birkbeck University of London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD

The Birkbeck School of Arts presents:

Birkbeck Arts Week 2014

Welcome to Birkbeck’s seventh annual Arts Week – running this year from Monday 19 to Friday 23 May. The week will include lectures, readings, film screenings, taster courses, performances and panel discussions and is our annual showcase of the varied enterprises of Birkbeck academics, on topics both public and scholarly.

The programme of events reflects the liveliness of teaching and research within Birkbeck’s School of Arts, whose internationally renowned academics address some of the most important issues that affect our society today.

Natural Histories of the Book

This Material Texts event will consider the animal nature of books from medieval to modern. Whilst everybody knows that medieval manuscripts were often made from sheep, goat or calf skin, who has ever heard of dog books? While books are sometimes edible, there are a few, much rarer examples of man-eating books. This event uncovers the curious animal life of books.

Introduction by Dr Luisa Cale (Birkbeck):

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Dr Isabel Davis (Birkbeck)Man-eaters? A Natural History of Thomas Hoccleve’s Books:

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Dr Gill Partington (Birkbeck)The Unnatural History and Future of the Book: When is a Book not a Book?:

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