5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
“Positioning the Word in Early New England”
Matt Cohen, Duke University
The expansion of comparative colonial and indigenous studies has been coeval with, but not in dialog with, the flowering of book history. This paper traces the historiography of this gap and the disciplinary investments that structure it, outlining what the new history of the book might look like in the case of New England before the printing press. What shared methodological space could be established between approaches to textuality developed by the history of the book and those from colonial and indigenous studies?