• Elleke BoehmerEmail author
  • Rouven Kunstmann
  • Priyasha Mukhopadhyay
  • Asha Rogers
Part of the New Directions in Book History book series (NDBH)


This introduction highlights the methods and practices that can be generatively applied to a global history of the book. Displacing the nation as a primary category of reference, it argues that a global, rather than simply national, approach can enrich our understanding of the circulation of print cultures across the world. Introducing eleven essays that draw on the intellectual resources of literary studies, history, area studies, and media and communication studies, it suggests that a global history of the book pays attention to multifarious instances of interaction and connection. It provides a critical mediation of how we might read the mobile book in global perspective, aware that the channels through which books travel have always been surprising, if also fragile and uneven.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elleke Boehmer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rouven Kunstmann
    • 1
  • Priyasha Mukhopadhyay
    • 2
  • Asha Rogers
    • 3
  1. 1.University of OxfordOxfordUK
  2. 2.Harvard UniversityCambridgeUnited States of America
  3. 3.University of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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