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Material Texts

The workshop in the History of Material Texts will celebrate its 23rd year in 2015-16. Participants (including faculty, librarians, graduate students, booksellers and anyone else interested) come from a very wide range of disciplines; all are welcome to attend. The usual format of the seminar is a presentation of approximately thirty minutes, followed by discussion, based if possible on handouts or other visual materials. Unless noted otherwise, meetings will be held on Mondays at 5:15 in the Class of '78 Pavilion, in the Kislak Center for Special Collections on the 6th floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. If you would like to receive announcements about upcoming meetings, please sign up for our listserv using this link. For more information, please contact Alan Niles, 2015-16 Brizdle-Schoenberg Fellow in the History of Material Texts, at alann at sas dot upenn dot edu.


Schedule for Fall 2015


September 14                        Joan DeJean, University of Pennsylvania, “When Women Ruled Fashion: How Material Are Material Texts?”


September 21                        Eva Mroczek, University of California Davis, "Shapes of Scriptures: Native 'Book Histories' and the Non-Biblical Library of Early Judaism"


September 28                        Richard Kagan,  Johns  Hopkins University, “El Greco: Pictor Doctus or Artist-Philosopher?”


October 5                              Ulrich von Bülow, Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, "The Handiwork of Thinking – On the „Nachlass” of Martin Heidegger"


October 12                            Cynthia Brokaw, Brown University, "’Delightful to the Senses’: Color Woodblock Printing in Early Modern China”


October 19                            Alice Austin, Library Company of Philadelphia and Alice Austin Books, “Exploring Medieval Structures: Methods for a Book Artist”


October 26                            Jerry Singerman, University of Pennsylvania Press, "Scholarly Publishing at the Crossroads: or, How Do We Move Forward Without Getting Run Over?"


November 2                           Peter Stallybrass, University of Pennsylvania, TBA


November 9                           Emily Steiner, University of Pennsylvania, “Violence and the Archive: Richard of Bury’s Philobiblon"


November 16                         Thomas Ward, US Naval Academy, "Astrophil's Trembling Voice: Between the Pages of The Covntesse of Pembrokes Arcadia (1598)."


November 23                         Jean-Christophe Cloutier, University of Pennsylvania, "Reconstructing French Kerouac: One Holograph Notebook at a Time"


November 30                         Carlos Spoerhase, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, "Burn Before Reading: On the Inevitability of Posthumous Papers in Modern Literature (Goethe, Dilthey, Kafka)"


December 7                           Jenny Adams, University of Massachusetts Amherst, "Unlocking St. Frideswide's Chest: Medieval Student Loans and the Value of Books."