Textual Studies Program

New: Textual and Digital Studies at UW

A new, more flexible credential emphasizing links between textual studies, students’ home disciplines, and the digital humanities. 

Beginning in 2016-17, students enrolled in any MA or PhD program at UW can complete a Graduate Certificate in Textual and Digital Studies. For information about certificate requirements, courses, and how to sign up, click here. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Geoffrey Turnovsky at gt2@uw.edu or Jeffrey Todd Knight at jtknight@uw.edu.


2018-19 Material Texts Colloquium

January 29, 2019: Rachael Scarborough King (UC Santa Barbara) on Enlightenment and the “book history of improvement,” 3:30pm in Communications 120

February 7, 2019: Gordon Sayre (Oregon) on species media and libraries of life, 3:30pm in Communications 202. Cosponsored by the Anthropocene Research Cluster

March 1-2, 2019: Earthly Impressions: Book, Text, and Archive in the Anthropocene. A two-day symposium featuring keynote lecturers Wai Chee Dimock (Yale) and Bruce Holsinger (Virginia), a workshop with Smudge Studio, and panelists Hester Blum (Penn State), Joshua Calhoun (Wisconsin), Anne-Lise Francois (Berkeley), Matthew Kirschenbaum (Maryland), Margaret Noodin (UW Milwaukee), Sonya Posmentier (NYU), Eric Slauter (Chicago), Andrew Stauffer (Virginia), Jennifer Wenzel (Columbia), and local and regional guests. Full program available here.
wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ- Intellectual House, and other locations. Cosponsored by the Anthropocene Research Cluster, the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Studies Graduate Research Cluster, and the Simpson Center for the Humanities

April 17, 2019: Kim Gallon (Purdue) on digital recovery and the African American literary tradition, 4pm in Communications 202

May 1, 2019: Angela Bennett (Nevada Reno) on aggregate reading and late medieval manuscript culture, 4pm in Allen Auditorium, Allen Library




Latest News

  • Yael Rice (Amherst College) 11/16

    November 10, 2017

    Textual Studies

    Thursday, November 16, 2017, 4 pm Art Building 317 Yael Rice Assistant Professor of the History of Art and Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College Cut, Copy, Paste, Repeat: Imitability and the Mughal Album Between the seventeenth and the nineteenth centuries, the royal and colonial elites of South Asia patronized and collected an inordinate…

  • Linda Hughes (TCU) 10/30

    November 10, 2017

    Textual Studies

    Monday, October 30, 2017, 3:30pm  Communications 202   Linda K. Hughes Addie Levy Professor of Literature, Texas Christian University   Transnational Print Journeys into French Fixed Verse Forms Tracing the movement of print and literary forms in the later nineteenth century uncovers a complex transnationality and intersectionality embedded in what might otherwise seem the most esoteric and…

  • Yuri Cowan (NTNU Norway) 10/16

    November 10, 2017

    Textual Studies

    Monday, October 16, 2017, 3:30pm  Communications 202   Yuri Cowan  Professor of Language and Literature, NTNU Norway   The Mirror of Everyday Life: William Morris’s Book Collecting and the Kelmscott Press  In accordance with his historical, aesthetic, and political theories, William Morris’s collection of medieval manuscripts, early printed books, and books about medieval art and material…

  • Rachel Sagner Buurma (Swarthmore) 4/27

    April 10, 2017

    Textual Studies

    Rachel Sagner Buurma (Swarthmore) will be giving a talk entitled “The Preparation of the Victorian Novel and the Preparation of the Topic Model” on April 27, 2017 at 3:30pm, in the Petersen Room in Allen Library for the Material Texts Colloquium (please note the date and location have changed). All are welcome. Abstract: In this talk…

  • TDS Certificate Capstone

    February 10, 2017

    Textual Studies

    Hoping to complete the Textual and Digital Studies Certificate? The final requirement for the certificate is a 1-credit capstone in which the student presents and workshops a sample of their on-going work in the Material Texts colloquium. This spring quarter, we’ll be offering a catch-all micro-seminar for this, under the auspices of the Simpson Center…