Only open to Book and Digital Media Studies students and BDMS exchange students. All others should contact the course organisers.
Book catalogues exist in many varieties. They may have been produced for a library, by a publisher, bookseller or auctioneer. Their aims may differ as well: to make books in a collection accessible to users, to alert readers to new publications, or to rouse the interest of book collectors. And then there is the question, how these catalogues have been arranged. Alphabetically, by subject, size, or what? This special course will look at the development of the book catalogue. Students will study a particular genre, or a series or even just one catalogue. The source material will come from the Leiden Special Collections.
To learn to do book historical research by using and appraising primary source material and secondary literature;
To learn to write a book historical research paper.
Timetable on the website
Mode of instruction
Research seminar, starting with a series of introductory lectures, followed by regular research meetings and oral presentations.
The course load of this course is 280 hours.
hours spent on attending lectures and seminars: 30
time for studying the secondary literature: 70
time to prepare to give an oral presentation and write a paper (including reading / research): 180
Oral (20%) and written presentations (80%).
Blackboard will be used to provide students with an overview of current affairs, as well as specific information about (components of) the course.
A reading list will be provided at the start of the course.
Registration Studeren à la carte en Contractonderwijs
Media Studies student administration, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; .firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coordinator of studies: Mr. J. Donkers, MA, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 1.02b.