Rachel Feder, "Marginal Experiments"
Ellen Gruber Garvey, "Repurposed Books"
Karen Sánchez-Eppler, "Beyond the Press of History"
October 10, 2013 (Thursday)
Butler Library, Room 523 at 6:00 p.m.
This panel brings together three scholars who work on 19th-century American and British handmade books. In “Marginal Experiments”, Rachel Fader will explore the connections between nineteenth-century women’s daily writing and the history of experimental poetry. “Beyond the Press of History” focuses on manuscript-books that strive to record their historical moment (by Edward Hitchcock, George Templeton Strong, William Dorsey, and Vincente Pérez Rosales) and shows how attention to manuscript-books can open a more expansive model of national narrative and national belonging.
Rachel Feder is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at Rutgers University. Rachel’s current research focuses on nineteenth-century commonplace books, book history, and experimental poetics. Ellen Gruber Garvey’s most recent book, Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance came out from Oxford University Press in 2013. Prof. Gruber Garvey, a Professor of English at New Jersey City University, is also the author of The Adman in the Parlor: Magazines and the Gendering of Consumer Culture (OUP, 1996), which received a SHARP Prize for Best Book. Karen Sánchez-Eppler is L. Stanton Williams 1941 Professor of American Studies and English at Amherst College. The author of Touching Liberty: Abolition, Feminism and the Politics of the Body (1993) and Dependent States: The Child’s Part in Nineteenth-Century American Culture (2005), she is currently working on two book projects The Unpublished Republic: Manuscript Cultures of the Mid-Nineteenth Century U.S. and In the Archives of Childhood: Personal and Historical Pasts.
The Book History Colloquium at Columbia University, open to any discipline, aims to provide a broad outlet for the scholarly discussion of book history, print culture, the book arts, and bibliographical research, and (ideally) the promotion of research and publication in these fields. Our presenters include Columbia faculty members and advanced graduate students, and scholars of national prominence from a range of institutions.
Questions? Email Karla Nielsen.
All sessions take place 6pm in 523 Butler Library, Columbia Morningside Campus, unless otherwise noted.