Watch, learn and connect: https://stanfordconnects.stanford.edu/ With the decline in reading and the closing of bookstores, we might wonder: is the book dead? Elaine Treharne, medieval scholar and English professor takes us on a journey into the history of the book, sharing surprising forms of these text technologies. Elaine Treharne is the Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of the Humanities, co-director of the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Her research and teaching focus on English texts and manuscripts from c.700 to 1200, as well as historical and modern text technologies. She is particularly interested in the materiality of the manuscript book, its tactile nature and the layers that make up the codex. Professor Treharne is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She has received many grants and honors, including an American Philosophical Society Franklin Fellowship and a Princeton Procter Fellowship. She is a Trustee and former Chair and President of the English Association, for whom she is also General Editor of Essays and Studies. This Stanford+Connects micro lecture was filmed on location in Monterey, California. Stanford+Connects is a program of the Stanford Alumni Association.