This is the blog for the Centre for Material Texts at the University of Bristol. This group brings together scholars from across the Faculty of Arts with collective interests in the many and various aspects of book culture. We embrace a broad understanding of the material text from the ancient world through to the digital age (including scrolls, papyri, magazines, newspapers, screens etc.), encompassing the network of agents involved in book production and dissemination, as well as readers and users of books. Our research areas include the history of publishing and publishers, editing, manuscript and print cultures, reading history, reception, materiality, paratexts, book collecting and collections, miscellanies, and artists’ books.

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