Category History of the Book

A Study in Scarlet: The Quiet Creation of an Archetype

For those that are familiar with the text, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1887 A Study in Scarlet is perhaps best known for its introduction of the character of Sherlock Holmes. A persona that has become synonymous with detection and logic, Sherlock Holmes is seminal and positively implacable – a reality that later lead Conan Doyle […]

Collaboration and Conflict: A Review of Revolution and the Antiquarian Book

Jensen, Kristian. Revolution and the Antiquarian Book: Reshaping the Past, 1780-1815. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011 Jensen’s Revolution and the Antiquarian Book took shape as a series of lectures; specifically the University of Oxford’s Lyell Lectures. The 2008 selection of Kristian Jensen as the Lyell Reader, coupled with his position as Head of Arts and […]

Seeking a Home in the Book of Ruth

The little Book of Ruth works in rattlesnake fashion upon all poetically productive minds; one cannot refrain from rearrangement, paraphrase, and enlargement of the subject-matter, which is certainly very pleasing, but nevertheless lies very far out of our way. -Johannes Goethe Some of the first stories I read, and knew off-by-heart, were from the Bible. […]

The Many Voices of the Qur’an

This paper was written for Dr. Bertrum MacDonald’s class “The History of the Book,” which I took during the Winter semester of 2012 at Dalhousie University, Halifax. I wanted to take a close look at, not only the history of the Qur’an as a physical and religious object, but the relationship between written and oral […]