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The Reading of Books and the Reading of Literature
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When: 27 April 2012

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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:oo 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 Fund

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