UBKKB005 History of Book Culture 1

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Winter 2022
Extent and Intensity
6/0/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Jana Brožovská Onderková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Jana Brožovská Onderková, Ph.D.
Institute of The Czech Language and Library Science - Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Prerequisites (in Czech)
- zvládnutí přednášené látky
- samostudium (i literatury doporučované v přednáškách)
- znalost historie na středoškolské úrovni
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the lectures is to introduce the historical development of the books together with types of writing materials, writing instruments and writing systems. Writing systems were preceded by proto-writing systems of ideographic and/or early mnemonic symbols. There is studied the appearance of proto-writing systems and the development of writing in the centers of ancient civilizations (origin and development of writing sytems and writing materials) in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Aegean region, the Middle East (especially Phoenicia) and Rome, on the European continent in the Middle Ages and in the modern times. The development in the East Asia (China, Japan) and in the American continent is also mentioned. The final part of the lectures analyzes origins of the Block printing. 1.Terminology 2.Proto-writing systems 3. Writing systems in Mesopotamia 4. Writing systems in ancient Egypt 5.Writing systems in the Middle East 6. Writing systems in the Aegean region 7. Writing systems in the Middle Ages 8. Writing systems in the Renaissance and in modern times in Europe 9. Writing materials and writing instruments 10. Block printing 11. Bookbinding
  • Primitive writing systems
    Writing systems in Mesopotamia
    Writing systems in Ancient Egypt
    Writing systems in Mediterranean
    Development of writing systems in Medieval times
    Development of writing systems in Renaissance and modern times
    Writing systems outside Europe
    Materials used for writing
    Printing and binding
    required literature
  • KÉKI, B. 5000 let písma. info
  • VOIT, P. Encyklopedie knihy. Praha, 2006. info
  • BOHATCOVÁ, M. et al. Česká kniha v proměnách staletí. Praha, 1990. info
  • KNEIDL, P. Z historie evropské knihy. Praha, 1989. info
  • HORÁK, F. Pět století českého knihtisku. Praha, 1968. info
    recommended literature
  • TOBOLKA, Z, V. České knihovnictví. Praha, 1925. info
  • HORÁK, F. Pět století českého knihtisku. Praha, 1968. info
  • PAVLÁT, L. Tajemství knihy. info
  • Hlaváček, I., Kašpar, J., Nový, R. Vademecum pomocných věd historických. Praha 1988, 1992, 1997, 2002. Praha, 2006. info
  • HÚŠČAVA, A. Dejiny a vývoj nášho písma. Bratislava, 1951. info
Teaching methods
Lecture supplemented with a discussion
Lecture with a video analysis
One-to-One tutorial
Assessment methods
Written exam
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: Přednáška 6 HOD/SEM.
Teacher's information
Active participation in lectures (75%).
A written test (at least 70% of questions must be properly answered), which will be held during the exam time. Required knowledge of the literature specified in the syllabus and specified within the individual lessons (self-study).
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2011, Winter 2012, Winter 2013, Winter 2014, Winter 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2017, Winter 2018, Winter 2019, Winter 2020, Winter 2021.
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