Book Sleuthing: 19th-Century Books, The Rise of the Reading Public?

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You will go behind the scenes at Harvard’s libraries to discover Reading Public, how readers in the first information age interacted with their books.


Introduction

You will go behind the scenes at Harvard’s libraries to discover Reading Public, that is how readers in the first information age interacted with their books.

About this course

Do you love printed paper and wonder how much longer it will survive in the age of ebooks? Are you curious about how the mass-produced modern book emerged in the first place? Come behind the scenes in Harvard’s libraries to explore the look, feel and even smell of nineteenth-century British and American books in this module of The Book: Histories Across Time and Space.

In 19th-century Britain and America, schooling expanded, paper cheapened, and new technologies allowed print to reach wider audiences than ever before. After the rare and beautiful manuscripts and books showcased by earlier modules, the mass-produced, disposable objects that survive from the nineteenth century bear witness to the rise of the reading public.

This module investigates what scholars know about nineteenth-century reading, as well as how they know it.

This module’s six sections guide you through underlined, inscribed, defaced, and repaired books in Harvard’s collections:

  • Name That Book
  • Find out what you can tell about a book when you’re blindfolded.
  • Handheld Books and Mobile Readers
    What book did one soldier carry to Civil War battlefields in his pocket? (Hint: it’s not what you think.)
  • The Pen and the Needle
    Did 19th-century girls have to choose between sewing and reading? The holes pricked in one book suggest they did both at once.
  • Leaving your Mark
    Luckily for future historians, these children didn’t listen when people told them not to write in their books.
  • Detective Work
    Try out some tools that build on what you’ve learned about books at Harvard to discover the stories hidden in your local library.
  • Over to You

Your chance to share what you have found in the books around you. Join us, and discover how people in the first information age read, underlined, and repaired the pages that they treasured.

What you will learn?

  • Examine books for clues to the lives of the people who have read them.
  • Gain historical perspective on today’s shift from print to digital media by tracing the 19th-century origins of modern mass-produced books.
  • Compare your own reading habits to those of past readers. What conclusions would future historians draw if they could look at your bookshelves?

Syllabus on Book Sleuthing: Rise of the Reading Public:

1. ‘The Book: Histories Across Time and Space’

  • Welcome to ‘The Book’
  • Tell Us About Yourself!

2. Rise of the Reading Public: Introduction

  • Book Sleuthing: The 19th Century

3. Section 1

  • Name That Book

4. Section 2

  • Handheld Books and Mobile Readers

5. Section 3

  • The Pen and The Needle

6. Section 4

  • Leaving Your Mark

7. Section 5

  • Detective Work

8. Section 6

  • Over To You

9. Cast of Characters

  • Books Feature

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  • English
  • Ancient languages Books and Manuscripts History
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Introduction

You will go behind the scenes at Harvard’s libraries to discover Reading Public, that is how readers in the first information age interacted with their books.

About this course

Do you love printed paper and wonder how much longer it will survive in the age of ebooks? Are you curious about how the mass-produced modern book emerged in the first place? Come behind the scenes in Harvard’s libraries to explore the look, feel and even smell of nineteenth-century British and American books in this module of The Book: Histories Across Time and Space.

In 19th-century Britain and America, schooling expanded, paper cheapened, and new technologies allowed print to reach wider audiences than ever before. After the rare and beautiful manuscripts and books showcased by earlier modules, the mass-produced, disposable objects that survive from the nineteenth century bear witness to the rise of the reading public.

This module investigates what scholars know about nineteenth-century reading, as well as how they know it.

This module’s six sections guide you through underlined, inscribed, defaced, and repaired books in Harvard’s collections:

  • Name That Book
  • Find out what you can tell about a book when you’re blindfolded.
  • Handheld Books and Mobile Readers
    What book did one soldier carry to Civil War battlefields in his pocket? (Hint: it’s not what you think.)
  • The Pen and the Needle
    Did 19th-century girls have to choose between sewing and reading? The holes pricked in one book suggest they did both at once.
  • Leaving your Mark
    Luckily for future historians, these children didn’t listen when people told them not to write in their books.
  • Detective Work
    Try out some tools that build on what you’ve learned about books at Harvard to discover the stories hidden in your local library.
  • Over to You

Your chance to share what you have found in the books around you. Join us, and discover how people in the first information age read, underlined, and repaired the pages that they treasured.

What you will learn?

  • Examine books for clues to the lives of the people who have read them.
  • Gain historical perspective on today’s shift from print to digital media by tracing the 19th-century origins of modern mass-produced books.
  • Compare your own reading habits to those of past readers. What conclusions would future historians draw if they could look at your bookshelves?

Syllabus on Book Sleuthing: Rise of the Reading Public:

1. ‘The Book: Histories Across Time and Space’

  • Welcome to ‘The Book’
  • Tell Us About Yourself!

2. Rise of the Reading Public: Introduction

  • Book Sleuthing: The 19th Century

3. Section 1

  • Name That Book

4. Section 2

  • Handheld Books and Mobile Readers

5. Section 3

  • The Pen and The Needle

6. Section 4

  • Leaving Your Mark

7. Section 5

  • Detective Work

8. Section 6

  • Over To You

9. Cast of Characters

  • Books Feature

Note: Your review matters 

If you have already done this course, kindly drop your review in our reviews section. It would help others to get useful information and better insight into the course offered.

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Specification:

  • EDX
  • Harvard University
  • Online Course
  • Self-paced
  • Beginner
  • 1-4 Weeks
  • Free Course (Affordable Certificate)
  • English
  • Ancient languages Books and Manuscripts History

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