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Hi there! This reading list highlights work about the history of the book that centers (and/or is authored by) people who have historically been excluded from the field. The list includes books, articles, and digital projects about all geographies and time periods, organized by region and date. For a more comprehensive bibliography of women in BH, see http://www.womensbookhistory.org/. If you contribute, consider adding your name to the "contributors" page. The list is moderated by @hralperta.
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AuthorTitletime period [choose from drop-down listregion [no controlled vocab][continent, region, country]y/n this text centers book history outside of europe & the U.S.y/n this study centers people of colory/n this study centers queer and/or gender queer peopley/n this study centers disabled peopley/n this study centers womennotes
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Terri Ochiagha A Short History of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (Nov. 2018)c20Africa, Nigeriayesyes
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Elizabeth Le Roux‘Miriam Tlali and Ravan Press: Politics and Power in Literary Publishing during the Apartheid Period’, Journal of Southern African Studies, 44(3): 431–446. Free eprint available at https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/e3c35ac49W79v2WN2vH9/fullc20Africa, South Africa
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Elizabeth Le RouxA social history of the university presses in apartheid South Africa: Between complicity and resistancec20Africa, South Africayesyes
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Damian Bil and Lucas Poy PineiroTrabajo no libre en la Penitenciaria Nacional de Buenos Aires: El caso de los talleres graficos, 1877-1917c19Americas, Argentinayesnononono
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Carlos AbrahamLa Editorial Tor: Medio siglo de libros popularesc20Americas, Argentinayesnononono
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Craig EppelinLate Book Culture in ArgentinacontemporaryAmericas, Argentinayesnononono
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Richard NewmanBlack Access: A Bibliography of Afro-American Bibliographiesc19Americas, Canadanoyesnonono
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Cristina Herrera and Paula SanmartínReading/Speaking/Writing the Mother Text: Essays on Caribbean Women's Writingc20Americas, Caribbeanyesyesyes
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Julie Chun KimcolonialAmericas, Caribbeanyesyes
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Chelsea StieberThe Haitian Literary Magazine in Francophone Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Production
c19Americas, Caribbean, Haitiyesyes
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Carlos Aguirre & Ricardo Salvatore, eds.
Bibliotecas y cultura letrada en america latina: siglos xix y xx
c20Americas, Latin Americayesnononono
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Ricardo D. Salvatore
Library accumulation and the emergence of Latin American studies
c20Americas, Latin Americayesnononono
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Magali RabasaThe Book in Movement: Autonomous Politics and the Lettered City Underground
c21Americas, Latin AmericayesyesWill be published April 2019 (University of Pittsburgh Press)
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Jose Rabasa
Tell Me The Story of How I Conquered You: Elsewheres and Ethnosuicide in the Colonial Mesoamerican World
colonialAmericas, Mexicoyesyesnonoyes
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Albert PalaciosPreventing “Heresy”: Censorship and Privilege in Mexican Publishing, 1590–1612c16Americas, New Spainyes
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Dana LiebsohnScript and Glyphc16Americas, New Spainyesyes
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Carmen CastañedaAmericas, new spainyes
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Emma Rivas MataAmericas, new spainyes
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Hortensia Calvo“The Politics of Print: The Historiography of the Book in Early Spanish America"Americas, new spainyesnonono
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Jorge Cañizares-EsguerraHow to Write the History of the New WorldAmericas, New Spainyes
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Pedro Guibovich PerezThe Printing Press in Colonial Peru: Production Process and Literary Categories in Lima, 1584-1699c17Americas, Peruyesnononono
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Carlos AguirreLa carcel y la ciudad letrada: hacia una historia cultural de la prision en el Peru del siglo veintec20Americas, Peruyesnononono
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Carlos AguirreEl proyecto editorial Populibros Peruanos (1963-1965)c20Americas, Peruyesnononono
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Ricardo D. Salvatore
Progress and Backwardness in Book Accumulation: Bancroft, Basadre, and Their Libraries
c20Americas, Peruyesnononono
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Matthew HillThe colonial book trade in the phillippinescolonialAmericas, Phillippinesyes
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Spencer D. C. KeralisPictures of Charlotte: The Illustrated Charlotte Temple and Her Readersc19Americas, UKnonononoyes
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Maria E. Gonzalez MarinasThe Simon S. Lucuix Rio de la Plata Libraryc20Americas, Uruguayyesnononono
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Arthur SchombergThe negro digs up his pastc19Americas, USyesyesnonono
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Barbara Krah“Tracking Frado: The Challenge of Harriet E. Wilson’s Our Nig to Nineteenth-Century Conventions of Writing Womanhood.” Amerikastudien/American Studies, vol. 49, no. 4, 2004, pp. 465–82. EBSCOhost, c19Americas, USnoyes
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Christopher N. Phillips
Versifying African Methodism; or, What Did Early African-American Hymnbooks Do?
c19Americas, USnoyesnonono
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E. Haven Hawley
Mechanical Fingerprints and the Technology of Nieteenth-Century American Erotica (University of Toronto Quarterly, Fall 2004, 73(4):1036-1051)
c19Americas, USnonononoyesLow wages for women's work in binding were critical to technological change in c19 US printing industry. Artifact analysis suggests contradictions in social expectations for women and their work roles.
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Eric GardnerBlack Print Unboundc19Americas, USnoyes
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Jasmine Nichole Cobb"“Forget Me Not”: Free Black Women and Sentimentality." MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S., vol. 40 no. 3, 2015, pp. 28-46. Project MUSE, muse.jhu.edu/article/593051.c19Americas, USnoyesyes
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Leon JacksonThe Talking Book and the Talking Book Historian: African American Cultures of Print—The State of the Discipline.c19Americas, USnoyesnonoyes
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Michael ChaneyThe Concatenate Poetics of Slavery and the Articulate Material of Dave the Potterc19Americas, USnoyesnonono
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Raul coronadoThe World Not to Comec19Americas, USyesyes
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Frances Smith Foster“A Narrative of the Interesting Origins and (Somewhat) Surprising Developments of African-American Print Culture.” C19–C20Americas, USnoyesnono
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Caroline GoeserPicturing the New Negro: Harlem Renaissance Print Culture and Modern Black Identityc20Americas, USnoyes
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Dorothy PorterFifty Years of Collectingc20Americas, USnoyesnonoyes
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Jesse EricksonRevolution in Black: Black American Alternative Press and Popular Culture at the End of the Twentieth Century," Publishing Historyc20Americas, USnoyes
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Matt Cohen and Jeffrey Glover, edsColonial MediascapescolonialAmericas, USyesyes
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Phillip RoundRemovable TypecolonialAmericas, USnoyes
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Jean Lee Cole"A New Digital Divide? Recovery Editing in the Age of Digitization" (Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, 2016)contemporaryAmericas, USnoyes
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kevin youngBUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News contemporaryAmericas, USnoyes
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William L AndrewsEditing Minority TextscontemporaryAmericas, USnoyesyesyesyes
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The Queer Zine Archive Project https://www.qzap.org/v8/index.phpcontemporaryAmericas, USyesyesyesyes
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Antonio T Bly“Reed through the Bybell” Slave Education in Early VirginiaAmericas, USnoyes
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Elinor Des Verney Sinnette, W. Paul Coates, and Thomas C. Battle, edsBlack Bibliophiles and Collectors: Preservers of Black History.. Washington, D.C. : Howard University Press, 1990.Americas, USnoyes
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Ricardo D. Salvatore
Libraries and the legibility of Hispanic America: Early Latin American Collections in the United States
c20Americas, US, Latin AmericayesnonononoIn Hybrid Americas: Contacts, Contrasts, and Confluences in New World Literatures and Cultures, eds. Josef Raab and Martin Butler
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Laura R. Braunstein, Peter Carini, and Hazel-Dawn Dumpert“And There Was a Large Number of People”: The Occom Circle Project at the Dartmouth College Libraryc18Americas, US, new englandnoyesnononolink to open access edition of book collection http://www.ala.org/acrl/sites/ala.org.acrl/files/content/publications/booksanddigitalresources/digital/9780838987681_humanities_OA.pdf
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Lauren Grewe
Samson Occom’s Missionary Correspondence and the Common Pot
c18Americas, US, new englandnoyes
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The Occam Circle https://www.dartmouth.edu/~occom/index.htmlc18Americas, US, new englandnoyes
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Eric Gardner“`This Attempt of Their Sister’: Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig from Printer to Readers.”c19Americas, US, new englandnoyesyes
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R. J. EllisHarriet Wilson’s Our Nig: A Cultural Biography of a’Two-Story’ African American Novel.c19Americas, US, new englandnoyesyes
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Elizabeth McHenryForgotten Readers: Recovering the Lost History of African American Literary Societiesc20Americas, US, Southnoyesyes
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Cynthia BrokawCommercial Publishing in Late Imperial ChinaclassicalEast Asia, Chinayes
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Catherine Bell“’A Precious Raft to Save the World’” The Interaction of Scriptural Traditions and Printing in a Chinese Morality Book”East Asia, Chinayes
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Kai-wing ChowWriting for Success: Printing, Examinations, and Intellectual Change in Late Ming ChinaEast Asia, Chinayes
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Lucille ChiaThe Development of the Jianyang Book Trade,East Asia, Chinayes
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Timothy BrookEdifying Knowledge: The Building of School Libraries in Ming ChinaEast Asia, Chinayes
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Peter KornickiThe Book in JapanEast Asia, Japanyes
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Alicia C. Montoya, Rindert Jagersma"Marketing Maria Sibylla Merian, 1720–1800: Book Auctions, Gender, and Reading Culture in the Dutch Republic"c18Europeyes
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Bonnie MakHow the Page MattersotherEuropenonononono
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Leah Knight, Micheline White, and Elizabeth Sauer, EditorsWomen’s Bookscapes in Early Modern Britainearly moderneurope, britainyeshttps://www.press.umich.edu/9901165/womens_bookscapes_in_early_modern_britain
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Whitney TrettienMedia, Materiality, and Time in the History of Reading: The Case of the Little Gidding Harmonies (PMLA 2018)c19Europe, Englandnonoyes
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Helen Smith‘Grossly Material Things’: Women and Book Production in Early Modern England early modernEurope, Englandnonononoyes
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Sarah WernerFinding Women in the Printing Shopearly modernEurope, Englandnonononoyes
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Elif BatumanThe Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read ThemcontemporaryEurope, Russiayes
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Juan ColePrinting and Urban Islam in the Mediterranean World, 1890-1920c19Mediterraneanyes
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Rimi B. ChatterjeeEmpires of the Mind: A History of the Oxford University Press in Indiac20South Asia, Indiayes
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Abhijit Gupta, Swapan Chakravorty (eds.)Moveable Type: Book History in IndiaSouth Asia, Indiayes
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Abhijit Gupta, Swapan Chakravorty (eds.)Founts of Knowledge: Book History in IndiaSouth Asia, Indiayes
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Anindita GhoshAn Uncertain ‘Coming of the Book’: Early Print Cultures in Colonial IndiacolonialSouth Asia, Indiayes
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Kinohi NishikawaStreet Players: Black Pulp Fiction and the Making of a Literary Undergroundc20United Statesnoyesnonono
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Justin GiffordPimping Fictions: African American Crime Literature and the Untold Story of Black Pulp Publishingc20United Statesnoyesnonono
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Lara Langer Cohen and Jordan SteinEarly African American Print CultureotherUnited States, CaribbeannoyesnonoyesEdited collection
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Mrinalini SinhaSpecters of Mother India: The Global Restructuring of an Empirec20South Asia, British Empire, USAyesyesnonoyes
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Antoinette Burton and Isabel Hofmeyr, eds.Ten Books that Shaped the British EmpiremodernBritish Empire (South Africa, Australia, India, etc)yesedited collection
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