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November 2014

Andrew Stauffer (Virginia), Traces in the Stacks: The Troubled Archive of Nineteenth-Century Literature

November 21 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Husky Union Building 340

This lecture is based on Andrew Stauffer’s Book Traces project, which aims to get people into libraries to crowd-source the discovery of nineteenth-century books that have been marked and modified by their original owners. Stauffer presents examples of such evidence of use and also considers the changing nature of academic research libraries in the wake of Google. Out of copyright, non-rare, and often fragile due to poor paper quality, nineteenth-century printed books are both richly served and particularly imperiled in the…

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January 2015

Christina Lupton (Warwick), lecture TBA

January 14, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Communications 202
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Jerome McGann (Virginia), From the American Scholar to a Science of Exceptions

January 29, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Husky Union Building 145
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February 2015

Priya Joshi (Temple), lecture TBA

February 26, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Husky Union Building 145
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April 2015

Nicholas Paige (Berkeley), From Examples to Samples: Quantifying the Fictionality of the French Novel, 1681-1820

April 20, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Most historians of the novel’s “rise” argue by example and example alone.  We generate our narratives about the genre’s history from a few works that we assume to be either representative of the mass of works or as harbingers of future practice.  Should we want to counter those narratives, we just pick some other works, or, more commonly, subject the same works to a different reading.  What happens, though, if we move from interpreting examples to taking samples?  I’ll try…

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May 2015

Janice Radway (Northwestern), lecture TBA

May 14, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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