New Publication: Continuous Page: Scrolls and Scrolling from Papyrus to Hypertext, edited by Jack Hartnell

The first systematic attempt to approach the subject of the scroll from an interdisciplinary standpoint.

Scrolls encompass in one sweep the oldest and the most contemporary ideas about images and image-making. On the one hand, some of the most enduring artefacts of the ancient world adopt the scroll form, evoking long-standing associations with the Classical tradition, Eastern and Middle Eastern cultures, theatrical oration, and the word of the law. Yet today, scrolling is also the single most common interaction between people and their digital media: fingers routinely swipe across trackpads and touch-screens through reams of infinite hypertext.

This open-access book of 12 essays, accompanied by a series of fully digitised scroll objects, constitutes the first systematic attempt to approach the subject of the scroll from an interdisciplinary standpoint, incorporating contributions from an internationally renowned group of scholars who address material from the ancient world to the twenty-first century, ranging across objects from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.

Edited by Jack Hartnell

With contributions by:

  • Luca Bochicchio
  • Stacy Boldrick
  • Rachel E. Boyd
  • Pika Ghosh
  • Jack Hartnell
  • Katherine Storm Hindley
  • Michael Hrebeniak
  • Kristopher W. Kersey
  • Eva Michel
  • Judith Olszowy-Schlanger
  • Claire Smith
  • Rachel Warriner
  • Michael J. Waters

Read the whole book here.


Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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