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Professor David Taylor on graphic satire in eighteenth-century London (Toronto Star)

November 5, 2013 News Comments Off on Professor David Taylor on graphic satire in eighteenth-century London (Toronto Star)

“Toronto Mayor Rob Ford can be thankful at least for this: Had he been mayor 200 years ago in Britain, newspaper cartoonists would have been even more ruthless, says a University of Toronto expert in political satire. ‘Without question, if the leading cartoonist back then — James Gillray — had depicted Rob Ford he would have been far more merciless than they are today,’ said English Professor David Taylor, who studies British political satire from 1750 and 1830, what he calls the golden age of caricature.”  You can read the full article here.

Professor Emerita Heather Jackson on marginal notes in books and on the web (CBC Radio One, Spark)

November 1, 2013 News Comments Off on Professor Emerita Heather Jackson on marginal notes in books and on the web (CBC Radio One, Spark)

Heather Jackson with an historical look at the practice of marginal notes in books, and how it compares to writing in the margins of the web.”  You can hear the interview here.

Professor Cannon Schmitt on BHPC activities in 2012-2013 (Massey News)

October 31, 2013 News Comments Off on Professor Cannon Schmitt on BHPC activities in 2012-2013 (Massey News)

“This year has been a full and productive one for BHPC, the collaborative program housed in Massey College that brings together graduate students from a variety of disciplines based on their common research interest in the physical, cultural and theoretical aspects of the book.”  You can read more here.

Professor Natalie Zemon Davis on early modern book history and modern political activism

August 1, 2013 News Comments Off on Professor Natalie Zemon Davis on early modern book history and modern political activism

“The year was 1952. I had spent six months in France doing the first research for my PhD thesis on ‘Protestantism and the Printing Workers of Lyon’. I was trying to explore the Reformation from the vantage point of artisans, rather than just that of the theologians like Luther and Calvin and the great princes. To find evidence about working people, many of whom are illiterate, you have to go to archives: to government lists, and church records, to criminal prosecutions and marriage contracts. I came back to Ann Arbor with packets of three-by-five cards filled with the names of Protestant pressmen and typesetters and other artisans—people who were finding ways to disguise Protestant tracts so they could get by the eyes of the Inquisitors and mocking the Catholic clergy in popular songs.” You can read her New York Review of Books blog post here.

Professor Alan Galey on winning the 2013 Fredson Bowers Prize from the Society for Textual Scholarship

May 7, 2013 News Comments Off on Professor Alan Galey on winning the 2013 Fredson Bowers Prize from the Society for Textual Scholarship

“The forensic study of born-digital artifacts from bibliographic perspectives is a growing research focus for Prof. Alan Galey, whose research and teaching at the iSchool bridge the fields of book history, digital humanities, and analytical bibliography. What puts him at the forefront of this field is his innovative research on e-books. One of the results of his SSHRC Standard Research Grant funding has been his article “The Enkindling Reciter: E-Books in the Bibliographical Imagination” (Book History 15 (2012): 210-47), which just won the prestigious 2013 Fredson Bowers Prize from the Society for Textual Scholarship for the best article in that field published in the past two years. Prof. Galey was awarded a certificate and a $500 cash prize, which he has donated to theChildren’s Book Bank, a charitable literacy organization in Toronto.”  You can find out more here.

BHPC student Jessica Duffin Wolfe interviewed about her editorship of the Toronto Review of Books (Canadian Women in the Literary Arts)

May 6, 2013 News Comments Off on BHPC student Jessica Duffin Wolfe interviewed about her editorship of the Toronto Review of Books (Canadian Women in the Literary Arts)

You can read the interview here.

Patricia Fleming Visiting Fellowship in Bibliography and Book History welcomes Dr Elizabeth Hanson

May 6, 2013 News Comments Off on Patricia Fleming Visiting Fellowship in Bibliography and Book History welcomes Dr Elizabeth Hanson

“The iSchool is looking forward to welcoming Dr Elizabeth Hanson into its fold from October 15 to November 8, 2012, when she will be taking up the Patricia Fleming Visiting Fellowship in Bibliography and Book History, continuing her research on the history of Canadian libraries and their texts. … She will be working on her current project, titled “The Post-World War I Campaign for a New Canada: What was Ontario Public Libraries’ Role?” while at Toronto’s iSchool. The Patricia Fleming Visiting Fellow in Bibliography and Book History Fellowship was established in 2005 in honour of Professor Patricia Fleming’s retirement with funds coming from faculty members, staff, friends, former students, and colleagues.” You can read more here.

Professor Dan White talks with Susan Dalton about book history and thing theory (Interacting with Print)

December 4, 2012 News Comments Off on Professor Dan White talks with Susan Dalton about book history and thing theory (Interacting with Print)

You can watch the interview here.

BHPC graduate Rebecca Niles talks about working in the Folger Shakespeare Library

November 14, 2012 News Comments Off on BHPC graduate Rebecca Niles talks about working in the Folger Shakespeare Library

“The Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, is a globally renowned research centre and conservation lab, home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of rare Renaissance books, manuscripts and art. For scholars, teachers, and students around the world, the Folger is an incredible resource. And for Rebecca Niles, who graduates November 16th from the Master of Information program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information (iSchool), and is already working at the Folger, it’s an incredible opportunity.”  You can read the interview here.

A Notre Dame colleague reflects on attending the BHPC e-reading colloquium

April 30, 2012 News Comments Off on A Notre Dame colleague reflects on attending the BHPC e-reading colloquium

“Sponsored by a number of groups (The Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture, the Toronto Centre for the Book, the Toronto Review of Books, and Massey College) the event was divided into three sections: 1) E-Reader Response, 2) The Space of E-Texts, and 3) a keynote address. … Located in an academic atmosphere, we shared and discussed. We were all equals. Everybody had something to offer. There was no goal other than to stimulate our minds. Through the process I learned of my new and different types of reading: close reading; continuous reading; deviant reading; distant reading; distracted reading; intersectional reading; location-aware reading; sustained reading. My conception of reading was expanded.” You can read more here.

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