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FS-50175-08Education Programs: Seminars for Higher Education FacultyOhio State University Research FoundationThe Reformation of the Book: 1450-165010/1/2008 - 9/30/2009$198,669.00JamesK.Bracken   Ohio State University Research FoundationColumbusOH43210-1435USA2008Renaissance StudiesSeminars for Higher Education FacultyEducation Programs19866901986690

A five-week seminar for fifteen college and university teachers in Antwerp, Belgium, and Oxford, England, on the advent of printing and its effects on the Protestant Reformation and the Counter (or Catholic) Reformation.

We propose an NEH Summer Seminar on The Reformation of the Book: 1450-1650. It would investigate the gradual transformation of the production, dissemination, and reading of Western European books during the two centuries following the mid-fifteenth-century invention of printing with movable type on hand-operated presses. In particular, we plan to pose the governing questions of whether the advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the Protestant Reformation and how printing related to the Counter Reformation (or Catholic Reformation). Intellectual, literary, religious, cultural, social, and printing historians are currently engaged in fruitful debate over these questions and the related issue of whether the impact of printing was revolutionary or evolutionary.