Publication details for Professor Matthew Daniel EddyEddy, M. (2016). The Interactive Notebook: How Students Learned to Keep Notes during the Scottish Enlightenment. Book History 19(1): 86-131.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 1098-7371, 1529-1499
- DOI: 10.1353/bh.2016.0002
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Concentrating on the rich tradition of graphic culture that permeated Scotland’s universities during the long eighteenth century, this essay argues that student lecture notebooks were a sophisticated form of scribal media. I reveal that they were inscribed, assembled, bound, bought, sold, disassembled, edited, annotated, pirated, plagiarized, and circulated in a manner that transformed them into tools through which students learned to interactively manage knowledge on paper. In following this path, I transform student notetaking into a dynamic activity that played a central role in shaping the knowledge economy so characteristically associated with the Scottish Enlightenment.