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Stephen J. Milner, 'Of literal and literary corpora: the anatomy of the text'
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This lecture will examine how combining the study of the material history of the book and textual culture with recent scientific advances in bioarchaeology can alter our understanding of what constitutes a literary corpus, and how it can be read through the very materials upon which it has been inscribed.

4/5/2016
When: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
6:00 PM
Where: The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue
New York, New York  10016
United States
Contact: Maria Fredericks

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This lecture will examine how combining the study of the material history of the book and textual culture with recent scientific advances in bioarchaeology can alter our understanding of what constitutes a literary corpus, and how it can be read through the very materials upon which it has been inscribed. In foregrounding the importance of the substrates upon which texts are written and printed as themselves carriers of meaning, the aim is to emphasize the centrality of the text object to the future of the academic book in the digital age. The lecture will focus on data recently collected from books printed on parchment from the advent of printing until 1600, with particular attention to the Venetian printing house of Aldus Manutius.

Stephen J. Milner is Serena Professor of Italian, University of Manchester, and a graduate in Combined Historical Studies from the Warburg Institute. His research focuses on medieval and Renaissance cultural history and the rich collections of manuscript and printed book material in the John Rylands Library, Manchester.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Morgan Library & Museum and the Andrew W. Mellon Library and Archive Conservation Education Program, Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Limited seating, please RSVP to mfredericks@themorgan.org or sign up on Facebook to reserve a place.

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