The Early Modern Book as Visual Enterprise, 1500-1650
With its printer's flowers, tapered texts, woodcut decorated initials, printer’s rebuses, and varieties of fonts, the quotidian early modern book could offer quite a surprising visual program. What, if anything, did the visuals of the workaday printed book aspire towards? How did they inform a reader’s experience of the text? What aspects of manuscript culture did they draw upon, and what trends did print invent for its own purposes? Rather than focus on illustrated books--e.g. containing a series of woodcuts or engravings-- this session seeks papers on the run-of-the-mill visual elements that populate early modern books from 1500-1650.
Note continuities with visual manuscript practices and/or divergent trends.
Trace a particular visual feature
Outline the visual program of a book or a set of books by an individual printer
Examine text-image relations
Uncover printing house practices as mechanical determinants for a book’s visual appearance
Locate ways readers responded to the visuals of a text
Identify interactions/contact between printers through visual pieces or programs
Point out the visuals of text
Please send proposals to Erika Boeckeler (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, June 3, 2016.
As per RSA guidelines, proposals should include the following: paper title (15-word maximum), abstract (150-word maximum), keywords, and a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). See http://www.rsa.org/?page=submissionguidelines#CfP