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Meredith McGill (Rutgers University), Literary History, Book History, and Media Studies
January 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
In this talk I address the opportunity afforded by the digital turn to reimagine the relationship of book history and literary studies. Reviewing the disciplinary history of the interdisciplinary field of book history, I argue that the proliferation of digital facsimiles of printed texts calls for a renewed investment in bibliography’s attention to cultural transmission—its development of a critical language for weighing the difference between the ideality of the literary text and the material history of its production. Will the uptake of book history into comparative media studies (or a capaciously imagined digital humanities) be beneficial or detrimental to the study of literature?