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The Workshop in the History of Material Texts

Jesse R. Erickson (Delaware): "Cut, Paste, Curate: Print Culture and Bibliography for the Scrapbook"

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Monday, November 16, 2020, 5:15pm, via Zoom

Our speaker writes:
This talk will reconsider the scrapbook as an important evidential source for the discursive production of knowledge in the fields of literary history and the history of the book. Taking a fresh look at how we conceptualize and define the scrapbook as a book object, new research into the potential for the bibliographic analysis of scrapbooks will be explored. Considered here will be the theoretical underpinnings of the scrapbook’s propensity to encourage fragmentary textual reconfiguration as a form of narrative consumption as well as its ability to model reception networks of readership, regional celebrity, and fandom. The research situates scrapbooks as multimodal artifacts of print culture. It presupposes these artifacts as uniquely amenable to examination under the investigative panorama of ethnobibliographical method. In view of that, this talk will continue a series of lectures intending to elucidate the scholarly value of this method for understanding the published works of Victorian period author Ouida (Maria Louise Ramé, 1839-1908). These lectures have focused on the ways in which varying editions of Ouida’s works across different regions share distinctive design features that speak to specific constructions of racial and ethnic identity. Looking at examples of published and clippings scrapbooks, consonant dynamics will be subjected to similar bibliographic scrutiny.

About our speaker:
Jesse R. Erickson is the Coordinator of Special Collections and Digital Humanities, Assistant Professor in the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center at the University of Delaware. He previously worked as a bibliographic researcher and archival processor in the Manuscripts Division of the Charles E. Young Research Library and the Center for Oral History Research at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses in ethnobibliography, alternative printing and non-canonical textuality, African American print culture, and the transnational printing history of the works of Ouida.

We are virtual for fall 2020! All are welcome. If you would like to receive details on how to attend upcoming Zoom meetings, please sign up for our listserv using this link or visit the Workshop website.

The Workshop in the History of Material Texts is supported by the School of Arts and Sciences through the Department of English and hosted by the Penn Libraries. The co-directors of the seminar are Professor Zachary Lesser (English), Jerry Singerman (Penn Press), and John Pollack (Kislak Center, Penn Libraries).

Associated with the workshop is the book series in Material Texts published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, which includes many monographs that have emerged from presentations given at the workshop over the years.

For more information, please contact Philip Mogen.

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