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Book History Program a “world leader” in its field

July 6, 2014 News Comments Off on Book History Program a “world leader” in its field

“The Book History and Print Culture (BHPC) program at the University of Toronto (UofT) has been called “a world leader in [its] field of academic study,” according to a program review by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). The program has an international reputation for Book History studies, a valuable resource for students and the University, the review noted. Professor Alan Galey points to the thriving book history community in Toronto and the “intellectual diversity of the program and excellent student engagement” as a significant factor in shaping the strong growth of the program.”  You can read more here.

Honorary degree for U of T alumna Annabel Patterson, the leading scholar of early modern censorship and print culture

June 24, 2014 News Comments Off on Honorary degree for U of T alumna Annabel Patterson, the leading scholar of early modern censorship and print culture

“Yale Sterling Professor Annabel Patterson has had a remarkable career as a scholar of what is now known as early modern literature. In fact, her work encompasses history, law, politics, and everything that tends to motivate the creation of literature. It began at the University of Toronto, where she was first a student at University College and later an assistant professor at Victoria College. As a student she graduated first in her class, and received the Governor General’s gold medal, as well as a Commonwealth Scholarship for graduate work in London, England.  Subsequently she taught at York University, the University of Maryland, and Duke University, moving to Yale to complete her trajectory, and receive Yale’s highest rank, a Sterling Professorship. Although she is now officially retired from the Yale Department of English, she continues to teach there.”  You can find out more here and watch her Convocation address here.

Professor Emerita Heather Jackson interviewed by Simon Armitage (BBC Radio 4, Marginalia)

June 16, 2014 News Comments Off on Professor Emerita Heather Jackson interviewed by Simon Armitage (BBC Radio 4, Marginalia)

“When someone takes a pen or pencil and adds a comment, an underlining or a question mark to the pages of a book – is it cause for celebration or condemnation? And if the person with pencil in hand happens to be famous, should that colour our view? These are the questions Simon Armitage – himself a lapsed margin scribbler – wrestles with as he sets off to tell the story of marginalia.”  You can hear the interview here.

BHPC alumna Claire Battershill interviewed in the Globe and Mail

May 30, 2014 News Comments Off on BHPC alumna Claire Battershill interviewed in the Globe and Mail

B.C.-born Claire Battershill is both a highly accomplished academic and the author of fiction that has been nominated for multiple awards. Her debut collection, Circus, came out in April.”  You can read the interview here.

BHPC alumnus Von Totanes named Director of Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

May 7, 2014 News Comments Off on BHPC alumnus Von Totanes named Director of Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

“Dr. Vernon “Von” Totanes (PhD ’12) is celebrating two major accomplishments back to back. On November 16th in Toronto, he graduated from the iSchool with a PhD in the Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture, under the supervision of Professor Emeritus, Patricia Fleming. His thesis is entitled ‘History of the Filipino history book’. On the same day, back in the Philippines, Von started as Assistant Director of the Rizal Library at Ateneo de Manila University. In April 2013, he will take over when the current Director retires. Dr. Totanes’ new credentials helped him land this prestigious appointment.”  You can read more here.

BHPC student Tim Harrison on academic bridging and becoming an English professor

May 1, 2014 News Comments Off on BHPC student Tim Harrison on academic bridging and becoming an English professor

“Tim Harrison is having an incredible year. He recently accepted a job as a tenure-track assistant professor of English at the University of Chicago, a position he chose over three postdoctoral fellowships also offered. The Milton Society of America honoured Harrison with the Albert C. Labriola Award for the best article published by a graduate student. And to top things off, he just handed in his thesis exploring how writers from Montaigne to Milton expressed the feeling of being alive.”  You can read the interview here.

BHPC instructor Scott Schofield on his tenure-track appointment in English at Huron University College

April 2, 2014 News Comments Off on BHPC instructor Scott Schofield on his tenure-track appointment in English at Huron University College

“Scott Schofield, former postdoctoral fellow and instructor at the Faculty of Information and the collaborative program in Book History and Print Culture, has accepted a tenure-track faculty position with the English Department at Huron University College in London, Ontario, part of Western University. Described as a deeply knowledgeable and generous colleague, Scott has taught a variety of courses for the Department of English at both UofT and Trent University, and he has also worked as a cataloguer for the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.”  You can read more here.

New book by former BHPC director Dan White on religion, print and modernity in early British India

March 3, 2014 News Comments Off on New book by former BHPC director Dan White on religion, print and modernity in early British India

“In From Little London to Little Bengal: Religion, Print and Modernity in Early British India 1795-1835 (The Johns Hopkins University Press), Daniel E. White, associate professor of British Romanticism at University of Toronto, examines the traffic in culture between Britain and India during the Romantic period. In the early part of the 19th century, part of Calcutta could be called ‘Little London’, while in London itself an Indianized community of returned expatriates was emerging as ‘Little Bengal’. Circling between the two, this study considers British and Indian literary, religious, and historical sources alongside newspapers, panoramas, religious festivals, idols, and museum exhibitions.” You can read more here.

BHPC student Joshua McEvilla on book advertisements for 17th-century drama

February 13, 2014 News Comments Off on BHPC student Joshua McEvilla on book advertisements for 17th-century drama

“Second year iSchool student Joshua McEvilla is proud to have an article featured in the 107th volume of The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. His article, “A Catalogue of Book Advertisements from English Serials: Printed Drama, 1646–1668,” presents readers with an in-depth look at a series of advertisements of printed drama originally circulated in British news periodicals. For the article, he consulted special collections at more than a half dozen Rare Book libraries, including special collections at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.”  You can read more here.

Professor Emeritus Randall McLeod lectures at the launch of the Yale Program in the History of the Book (Yale Daily News)

December 4, 2013 News Comments Off on Professor Emeritus Randall McLeod lectures at the launch of the Yale Program in the History of the Book (Yale Daily News)

“On a Wednesday afternoon in November, the audience at a lecture in the Beinecke received instructions they likely did not expect from an English professor: The guest speaker told them not to read the Dante excerpt before them. He asked them to look at it instead. The scholar, Randall McLeod, a professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto, had come to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library to give a lecture on the relationship between text and type. McLeod — the inventor of the McLeod Portable Collator, a device that allows scholars to compare copies of printed books by merging two texts into a single perceived image — was the second of six guest lecturers this year in the “Yale Program in the History of the Book” at the Beinecke.”  You can find out more here.

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