Conference at Columbia U

The Columbia Shakespeare Seminar is co-sponsoring a one-day conference at Columbia University this Friday, April 27.

THE READING OF BOOKS AND THE READING OF LITERATURE

Friday, 27 April 2012
Columbia University, Butler Library, Room 523

How does the reading of books as material objects inform the reading of literature? How does the reading of literary texts contribute to the growing field of the history of the book? This one-day conference at Columbia University brings together both senior and junior scholars in the field of English Renaissance studies to discuss the current state of scholarship regarding the relationship between the elusive phenomenon of literature and the media in which it was conveyed in the early modern period. By critically considering the past, the conference hopes to illuminate the future engagements of literary scholarship with the ideality and the materiality of its subject matter. 

Conference Program

9:00 Coffee and pastries
9:20 Opening remarks

9:30 JENNY C. MANN, Cornell University
Renaissance Poetry’s “Deep Impressions”
10:00 JANE GRIFFITHS, University of Bristol
“Playing the Dolt in Print”: The Glossing of Nashe’s Pierce Penilesse and Have With You to Saffron Walden
10:30 DISCUSSION

10: 50 Coffee break

11:00 ALAN STEWART, Columbia University
Ways of Reading for the Earl of Essex in the 1590s
11:30 ANDRÁS KISÉRY, CUNY, The City College of New York
The Dead Shepherd and His Flasket: Marketing Marlowe
12:00 DISCUSSION

12:30 Lunch break

2:00 ALEXANDRA GILLESPIE, University of Toronto
Bookbinding and English Literature from Manuscript to Print
2:30 HEIDI BRAYMAN HACKEL, University of California, Riverside
Making Sense of “inexplicable dumbe showes and noyse”: Turning to Typography in Early Modern Playbooks
3:00 DISCUSSION

3:20 Coffee break

3:30 The 2012 Paul Oskar Kristeller Lecture
MARGRETA DE GRAZIA, University of Pennsylvania
Chronologomania and the Shakespeare Canon

4:30 Roundtable: CHRISTOPHER BASWELL (Barnard), JULIE CRAWFORD (Columbia), DAVID KASTAN (Yale)

5:30 Conference cocktail and exhibition

Conference organized by Ashley Streeter and Ivan Lupić, doctoral candidates in English Literature at Columbia University
Sponsored by University Seminars on the Renaissance and on Shakespeare; English and Comparative Literature Department; Rare Book and Manuscript Library; Paul Oskar Kristeller

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I teach Shakespeare and early modern literature at St. John's in New York City.

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