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September 2017

The Sixth Annual J. R. de J. Jackson Lecture: Lisa Gitelman (New York University), title to be announced

Thursday, September 28 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Faculty of Information (Room 728),
140 St. George Street
Toronto, M5S 3G6
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In association with the Faculty of Information and the Department of English Lisa Gitelman, Professor of English and of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, is a media historian whose research concerns American print culture, techniques of inscription, and the new media of yesterday and today. She is particularly concerned with tracing the patterns according to which new media become meaningful within and against the contexts of older media. Her most recent book is entitled Paper Knowledge: Toward…

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November 2017

Jessica Brantley (Yale University), title to be announced

Thursday, November 2 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Victoria College Chapel (VC213),
91 Charles Street W.
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1K7 Canada
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In association with the Friends of the Victoria University Library Jessica Brantley is Professor of English at Yale University, where she has taught since 2000. Before that, she studied at Harvard University (A.B.), Cambridge University (M. Phil.), and UCLA (Ph.D.). Her interests include Old and Middle English literatures, manuscript studies, text/image relations, and the history of the book. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in all of these subjects, and she is currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies for…

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January 2018

Alexandra Gillespie (University of Toronto), “What Was the Cost of Books in Chaucer’s Time?”

Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Upper Library, Massey College,
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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This paper argues that historical analysis of the cost or price of medieval books is confounded by the quantity and quality of the available evidence. Medieval scholars depend on very small data sets to address this question, and even the data that are available have been stripped by time of key contextual information. In the absence of a reliable empirical approach to the question, I turn ┬áto other forms of inquiry. Some of these are grounded in the close analysis…

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March 2018

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…

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