Book Destruction from the Medieval to the Contemporary

  • Gill Partington
  • Adam Smyth

Part of the New Directions in Book History book series (NDBH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Gill Partington, Adam Smyth
      Pages 1-14
  3. Burning

  4. Mutilating

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Adam Smyth, Gill Partington, Ross Birrell
      Pages 74-86
  5. Doctoring

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Adam Smyth, Gill Partington, Tom Phillips
      Pages 112-131
  6. Degrading

  7. Deforming/Reshaping

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Kate Flint
      Pages 175-189
    3. Adam Smyth, Gill Partington, Nicola Dale
      Pages 190-207
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 208-216

About this book


This rich and varied collection of essays by scholars and interviews with artists approaches the fraught topic of book destruction from a new angle, setting out an alternative history of the cutting, burning, pulping, defacing and tearing of books from the medieval period to our own age.


aesthetics bibliography Charles Dickens essay Franz Kafka history history of literature interview literacy media Medieval Literature medieval period Middle Ages subject Victorian era

Editors and affiliations

  • Gill Partington
    • 1
  • Adam Smyth
    • 2
  1. 1.Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonUK
  2. 2.Oxford UniversityUK

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