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Jonathan Senchyne (University of Wisconsin-Madison), title to be announced

Thursday, March 1, 2018 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM

In association with the Department of English and the Faculty of Information

Jonathan Senchyne is Assistant Professor of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he teaches print culture and the history of the book in America, the history and cultures of American memory institutions (libraries, archives, museums), early and nineteenth-century American literature, American studies, and digital studies. He is also the Director of UW-Madison’s Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture. His research is focused on the materiality of books, print, and media, especially the relationships between materiality, legibility, and culture. What aspects of embodied communication are legible and meaningful, to whom, when, and why? Professor Senchyne’s work develops links between cultural studies and bibliography that were foreclosed during the “cultural turn,” and he is writing two books that take up these issues in American literary and book historical scholarship. The first, Intimate Paper: The Materiality of Early American Literature, examines the literary, visual, and material cultures of rag paper in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The second, under the working title Typographies of the Oppressed, tells the histories of enslaved African American printers, compositors, and engravers whose minds and hands produced our archives of early American print but who are not traditionally accounted for by interpretive and research practices that privilege writing, editing, and ownership of presses. Both of these projects call for a revision of what we take to be legible in the archive of books, print, and paper, and they develop ways of reading and seeing material texts that make women and African Americans more fully present in the history of the book in America and our conceptualization of the print archive.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018
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4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
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