What is the history of chapters?
When did ‘chapter’ come to mean a section or subdivision of a book?
And what have authors done with the creative possibilities of the subsection, the chapter title or the book as a sum of its parts?
Join Professor Helen Smith, of the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York, for a fun and fast-paced tour of chapters past, present and future.
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About the speaker
Helen Smith is Professor of Renaissance Literature and Head of the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York. She is especially interested in how books are made and used, and has been building a replica printing press as part of her research. She is the author of Grossly Material Things: Women and Book Production in Early Modern England (Oxford University Press, 2012), which was awarded the Roland H. Bainton Literature Prize by the Sixteenth-Century Society and Conference, and the DeLong Book History Prize, awarded by the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing.