The book as material object: from the middle ages to the digital age

A.Y. 2020/2021
Course offered to students on the PhD programme in
Overall hours
Lesson period
May 2021
Lead instructor: Maria Grazia Bartolini
"The book as material object: from the Middle Ages to the Digital Age" focuses on the history of the book, its production, distribution, and reception from medieval manuscripts to e-readers. Throughout the seminar, the book will be defined as a physical object that is shaped by design, format, uses, and marketing. Our readings of individual case studies will consider a broad range of sources from different linguistic traditions, exploring the impact of books and prints on cultural trends as well as the role of cultural trends and social practices in shaping the reading of books and prints.
Assessment methods
Giudizio di approvazione
Assessment result
superato/non superato
How to enrol


The course enrolment deadline is usually the 25th day of the month prior to the start date.

  • As an exception, for courses starting in October 2021, until 29 October 2021.

Subsequent course enrolment deadlines are as follows:

  • 25 October 2021 for courses starting in November 2021
  • 25 November 2021 for courses starting in December 2021.

Deadlines for enrolment in other courses will be announced as soon as possible.

How to enrol

  1. Access enrolment on PhD courses online service using your University login details
  2. Select the desired programme and click on Registration (Iscrizione) and then on Register (Iscriviti)

Ignore the option "Exam session date” that appears during the enrolment procedure.


For help please contact

Tuesdays 14 to 17. Please get in touch via email to make an appointment.
Teams / Piazza S. Alessandro III piano
Monday 10:30-13:30
Skype: maria.grazia.bartolini
Thursdays, h. 14 and on appointment in Teams
S. Alessandro, outside room A1 in the courtyard
II semester: Wednesday 15.30-17.30.
Microsoft Teams
From September 15th in my room, on Skype ( or Teams (code on the ARIEL site) on Wednesdays: 2 - 5 p.m. (Check my ARIEL pages for any temporary changes).
Piazza S. Alessandro, 1, Slavistics department, 2nd floor, office
Wednesday 16.00-17.30; Thursday 16.00-17.30. Book by mail. Working students can also agree on other times.
During the Covid emergency, the reception takes place via Microsoft Teams or Skype.