Landmarks in Book History: The Future of the Discipline
Organised by The Open University’s Book History Research Group, and the Institute of English Studies, University of London.
Venue: Room ST273 Stuart House, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU. Tel: 0207 8628675
Wednesday 11 January 2012 (17.30-19.00)
- Karin Littau (Essex): “Subsequent Steps towards a Media History of the Book”
Dr Karin Littau teaches in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex. Her research interests include book and film history, adaptation, reception and translation studies. She is the author of Theories of Reading: Books, Bodies and Bibliomania (2006) and The Routledge Concise History of Literature and Film (forthcoming).
Wednesday 18 January 2012 (17.30-19.00)
- David Finkelstein (Dundee): “Assessing Don McKenzie’s Legacy in the Digital Age: A Case Study”
Prof David Finkelstein is Dean of the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee, with research interests in media history, print culture and book history studies. His authored and edited publications include The House of Blackwood: Author-Publisher Relations in the Victorian Era (2002), An Introduction to Book History (2005), The Book History Reader (2001, rev. 2nd ed. 2006) and the Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland: vol. 4: Professionalism and Diversity, 1880-2000 (2007). He is also editor of Print Culture and the Blackwood Tradition, 1805–1930 (2006), which was awarded the 2007 Robert Colby Scholarly Book Prize for significantly advancing the understanding of the nineteenth-century periodical press.
Wednesday 1 February 2012 (17.30-19.00)
- Claire Squires (Stirling): “Bestsellers and Beyond”
Professor Claire Squires is Director of the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication at the University of Stirling. Her publications include Marketing Literature: The Making of Contemporary Writing in Britain, and she is co-Volume Editor for the forthcoming Cambridge History of the Book in Britain Volume 7: The Twentieth Century and Beyond.
Wednesday 8 February 2012 (17.30-19.00)
- Susan Pickford (Paris): “Pascale Casanova’s World Republic of Letters”
Dr. Susan Pickford is senior lecturer in translation at the University of Paris 13. Her research interests are in intercultural transfer and the social and cultural history of translation from the eighteenth century to the present. She is also a literary translator and SHARP’s regional liaison officer for France.
Wednesday 15 February 2012 (17.30-19.00)
- Kate Longworth (Oxford): “How to do things with books: Wolfgang Iser’s The Implied Reader“
Kate Longworth is completing a doctorate at Oxford University; her subject is the idea of the poetic drama in twentieth-century England. She is in the early stages of research into the history of the National Book Council/League.
Wednesday 22 February 2012 (17.30-19.00)
- Stephen Colclough (Bangor): “What is the history of the history of reading?: Reinvestigating Robert Darnton’s ‘First Steps’”
Stephen Colclough is a lecturer in nineteenth-century literature and the history of the book in the School of English at Bangor University, Wales. His publications include Consuming Texts: Readers and Reading Communities, 1695-1870 (Palgrave, 2007) and (co-edited with Alexis Weedon) The History of the Book in the West: 1800-1914 (Ashgate, 2010). He is a contributor to The History of Reading, Vol.3: Methods, Strategies, Tactics (Palgrave, 2011), The Brontës in Context (CUP, 2012), and OUP’s forthcoming History of Oxford University Press edited by Simon Eliot. He is currently working on a monograph on the representation of reading spaces in the early nineteenth century.
Wednesday 29 February 2012 (17.30-19.00)
- Bob Owens (The Open University): “Jerome McGann’s ‘Social Textual Criticism’ and the Editing of Literary Texts”
Bob Owens is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at The Open University. Among his publications are scholarly editions of works by John Bunyan and Daniel Defoe, and, most recently, of The Gospels: Authorized King James Version (Oxford World’s Classics, 2010).