History of printing and publishing systems

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to address the theme of the recognition of the creative personality of authors, what is generically called authorship and which has been established since the eighteenth century, associated with the broadening of the book market and the recognition (first in England, then in France, and from the nineteenth century in Italy) of copyright. The course is divided into three teaching units: the first is dedicated to the construction of authorship and the laws concerning authors between the 18th and 20th centuries; the second enters into the merits of how publishing was transformed between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Italy, and the third addresses the types of mediums which transform text into a book, from institutions such as censorship to those internal to the publishing process like proofing and translating.
The teaching is fully consistent with the objectives of the Course of Studies, and in particular the publishing curriculum, which aims to ensure the acquisition of solid historical, literary and legal knowledge in the field of the production and circulation of the book, with the identification of all social actors involved in the publishing system.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge: They should be able to master the historic transformations of the Italian publishing system with a focus on the European context, and the different editorial functions in the transition from text to book; they will need to know different research methodologies, with attention to the complexity of the sources and the different types of archives (with all the possible figures and functions of publishing mediums).
Skills: The student will need to be able to analyze the historical contexts in which cultural projects and publishing activities develop; they should understand the types of sources used; they will have to be able to compare different publishing strategies through the analysis of catalogues and to demonstrate that they have a critical capacity regarding different documentary sources (memories, autobiographies, reading opinions, censored texts, etc.).
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The construction of authorship and editorial mediation (XVIIIth-XXth C.).

The focus of the course is, in the first module, the theme of the affirmation of the creative personality of the authors, generically called authorship, and which has affirmed since the Eighteenth century, associated with the expansion of the book market and the recognition (first in England, then in France, and since the 19th century in Italy) of copyright. The need of writers to affirm their identity by all means that the press allows coexists with another tendency of opposite sign: the choice to circulate their works anonymously . The second provides deeper insight on how publishing has been transformed between the Nineteenth and Twentieth century in Italy, and the third deals with the types of mediation that transform the text into a book, from the institutional ones, such as censorship to the internal ones, such as editing and translation.
Prerequisites for admission
Basic knowledge of the historical-cultural context of the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries; good knowledge of the interpretative instruments (useful) for the reading of methodological and critical contributions.
Teaching methods
The topics of the course will be tackled through lectures and with the help of slides and teaching materials.
Attendance, although not mandatory, is strongly recommended. Students attending at least two thirds of the lessons are considered to be attending students.
Teaching Resources

Unit A (20 hours; 3 cfu): The construction of the authorship and the affirmation of copyright

Two books among the followings:

L. Braida, L'autore assente. L'anonimato nell'editoria italiana del Settecento, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2019.

M. I. Palazzolo, La nascita del diritto d'autore in Italia. Concetti, interessi, controversie giudiziarie (1840-1941), Roma, Viella, 2013.

U. Izzo, Alle origini del copyright e del diritto d'autore. Tecnologia, interessi e cambiamento giuridico, Roma, Carocci, 2010.

G. Albergoni, I mestieri delle lettere tra istituzioni e mercato. Vivere e scrivere a Milano nella prima metà dell'Ottocento, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2006.

M. Borghi, La manifattura del pensiero. Diritti d'autore e mercato delle lettere in Italia (1801-1865), Milano, Franco Angeli, 2003.

Unit B (20 hours; 3 cfu): Publishing in Italy between the 19th and 20th centuries

One book among the followings:

Storia dell'editoria nell'Italia contemporanea, a cura di G. Turi, Firenze, Giunti, 1997 (or later editions).

G. Ragone, Un secolo di libri. Storia dell'editoria in Italia dall'Unità al post-moderno, Torino, Einaudi, 1999 (or later editions).

N. Tranfaglia, A. Vittoria, Storia degli editori italiani, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2000 (or later editions).

G. Ragone, L'editoria in Italia. Storia e scenari per il XXI secolo, Napoli Liguori, 2005.

In addition, one among the followings:

Archivi editoriali. Tra storia del testo e storia del libro, a cura di V. Brigatti, A. L. Cavazzuti, E. Marazzi, S. Sullam, Milano, Unicopli, 2018 (only pp. 155-190: text by Bolchi, Antonello).


Le carte e le pagine. Fonti per lo studio dell'editoria novecentesca, a cura di A. G.G. Parasiliti, Milano, Unicopli (only pp. 13-50: text by Brunetti, Rebellato, Chiabrando).

Unit C (20 hours; 3 cfu): Forms and ways of mediation between text and book (censorship, translations, paratexts)

One book among the followings:

R. Darnton, I censori all'opera, Milano, Adelphi, 2017.

G. Fabre, Il censore e l'editore. Mussolini, i libri, Mondadori, Milano, Fondazione Mondadori, 2018.

A.Ferrando, Cacciatori di libri. Gli agenti letterari durante il fascismo, Milano, Franco Angeli, 2019.

A.Armano, Maledizioni. Processi, sequestri, censure a scrittori e editori in Italia dal dopoguerra a oggi, anzi domani, Milano, BUR, 2014.

NON ATTENDING STUDENTS: For 9 cfu teaching they have to bring the texts provided by the teaching units A, B and C plus a book of their choice in the following list; those for 6 cfu they have to bring the texts provided by the teaching units A and B plus a book in the following list:

M. Brera, Novecento all'Indice. Gabriele d'Annunzio, i libri proibiti e i rapporti Stato-Chiesa all'ombra del Concordato, Roma, Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2016.

R. Cesana, Libri necessari. Le edizioni letterarie Feltrinelli (1955-1965), Milano, Unicopli, 2010.

R. Darnton, Il futuro del libro, Milano, Adelphi, 2011.

E. Marazzi, Libri per diventare italiani. L'editoria per la scuola a Milano nel secondo Ottocento, Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2014.

E. Rebellato, "La Scala d'oro". Libri per ragazzi durante il fascismo, Milano, Unicopli, 2016.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination consists of an oral interview on the scheduled subjects. To pass the examination, a sure knowledge of the topics covered during the course is required as well as of the texts indicated. The vote is expressed in 30th.
Erasmus students will have the possibility, if they request so, to take the exam in English, according to a syllabus agreed with the teacher.
The examination arrangements for students with disabilities and/or DSA will have to be agreed with the teacher, in agreement with the DSA office.
Unita' didattica A
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
Lessons: 20 hours