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Leslie Howsam

University Professor, History
Graduate Faculty

Ph.D. York University, 1989
M.A. York University, 1983
B.A. University of Waterloo, 1968

2180 Chrysler Hall North
University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4
tel. 519-253-3000 ext. 2330

Research & Teaching Interests

the history of the book, cultural history of Britain, 19th and 20th centuries, history books and periodicals as print media, women in Victorian Britain

Current Projects

I am working on a project called “Public History in Print Culture: England’s Past in Victorian Periodicals”. With the help of graduate student research assistants, I am searching the newly-digitized online editions of the vast corpus of magazines, reviews and other periodicals to discover how ideas and knowledge of the past were expressed in those media.

Selected Publications

 Past into Print by Leslie HowsamGuest editor (with Jane McLeod) of, and introductory essay to, "Book Networks and Cultural Capital: Space, Society and the Nation", a special issue of Memoires du Livre/Studies in Book Culture. 

“Imperial Publishers And The Idea Of Colonial History, 1870-1916,” History of Intellectual Culture, vol. 5 no.1 (2005).

Past into Print: the publishing of History in Britain 1850-1950. London and Toronto: British Library

and the University of Toronto Press, 2009.

“What is the historiography of books?: Recent Studies in Authorship, Publishing and Reading in Modern Britain and North America,

” Historical Journal 51:4, 1089-1101.

Old Books & New Histories: An Orientation to Studies in Book & Print Culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006.

Courses Taught

Course Number Course Title
43-200 Historical Methods
43-301 Culture, Literacy & the Printed Word
43-408 Culture & Society in Victorian Britain
43-497 Special Topics
43-504 Research Methods
43-508 Studies in the History of the Book and the Culture of the Written Word