Actuality of the members: New publication of Antonio Castillo Gómez

Antonio Castillo Gomez hast just published a new book, Leer y oír leer : ensayos sobre la lectura en los Siglos de Oro, available here.

Antonio Castillo Gomez is professor of History of writing culture in the University of Alcalá. He drives the research group “Lectura, Escritura y Alfabetización” (LEA) » and has written several books about written culture and society.

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Activities of the network: Seminar with Roger Chartier at Milano the 24th. of May

The 24th of May, at the University of Milano, Lodovica Braida has the pleasure to welcome Roger Chartier in the seminar about reading, autorship and edition.

Roger Chartier will speak about « Mobilité des textes et diversité des langues: traduire aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles ». Before his Lectio Magistralis, there will be a discussion with several participants, Alberto Cadioli, Donatella Pallotti and Damiano Rebecchini.

The entrance is free and everyone is welcomed.

For more information, please, follow this link: Seminar Lodovica Braida

Activities of the members: Matthew Rubery and his new book « The Untold Story of the Talking Book »

We are very glad to announce the forthcoming publication of the last book of Matthew Rubery, « The Untold Story of the Talking Book ».

Histories of the book often move straight from the codex to the digital screen. Left out of that familiar account is nearly 150 years of audio recordings. Recounting the fascinating history of audio-recorded literature, Matthew Rubery traces the path of innovation from Edison’s recitation of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” for his tinfoil phonograph in 1877, to the first novel-length talking books made for blinded World War I veterans, to today’s billion-dollar audiobook industry.

The Untold Story of the Talking Book focuses on the social impact of audiobooks, not just the technological history, in telling a story of surprising and impassioned conflicts: from controversies over which books the Library of Congress selected to become talking books—yes to Kipling, no to Flaubert—to debates about what defines a reader. Delving into the vexed relationship between spoken and printed texts, Rubery argues that storytelling can be just as engaging with the ears as with the eyes, and that audiobooks deserve to be taken seriously. They are not mere derivatives of printed books but their own form of entertainment.

We have come a long way from the era of sound recorded on wax cylinders, when people imagined one day hearing entire novels on mini-phonographs tucked inside their hats. Rubery tells the untold story of this incredible evolution and, in doing so, breaks from convention by treating audiobooks as a distinctively modern art form that has profoundly influenced the way we read.

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