Institute of English Studies in the University of London
The Printed Book in the East covers the invention of paper in the 2nd century BC through the rise of a global literary marketplace at the end of the 20th century. Focusing on China, India, Japan, and Korea the course offers a general survey of printing history in ‘the East’, charting the invention of printing technologies and their spread to other parts of East and South Asia and, eventually, Europe. Topics include: woodblock printing, moveable type, missionary printing, and special seminars on the book in Edo and Meiji Japan, printing and literary culture in late Imperial China, and the book and empire in India. A general survey, this course is intended as a complement to The Printed Book in Europe, offering participants a more globally informed perspective on the history of the printed book.