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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  to 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), “Slavery and the History of the Book in America”

Thursday, March 1, 2018 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
Jackman Humanities Building (Room 100a),
170 St George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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In association with the Department of English and the Faculty of Information In The History of Printing In America (1812), Isaiah Thomas briefly records the life of Primus Fowle, an African American who was enslaved by Daniel Fowle in Boston and Portsmouth.  Thomas writes, "This negro was named Primus. He was an African. I well remember him; he worked at press with or without an assistant; he continued to do press work until prevented by age. He went to Portsmouth with his master,…

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2018 BHPC Graduate Student Colloquium

Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Upper Library, Massey College,
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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The call for papers is now live for the 2018 BHPC Graduate Student Colloquium, to be held on 10 March 2018. We strongly encourage all students to consider making an application! Le français à suivre. BOOKS BEYOND READING: USES, REUSES, AND ABUSES OF TEXTUAL OBJECTS “Shining chestnuts under a tree in autumn,” the “counselors who never change,” “worn-out prostitutes,” or “tree flakes encased in dead cow.” If books were only for reading, people could not generate such vivid metaphors for…

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April 2018

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Upper Library, Massey College,
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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Upcoming Events

  1. 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
  2. Jonathan Senchyne (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Slavery and the History of the Book in America”

    Thursday, March 1, 2018 @ 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
  3. 2018 BHPC Graduate Student Colloquium

    Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  4. Annual General Meeting

    Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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