Past History of the Book Programs

Past Programs

Friday, April 4, 2014
History of the Book Lecture
Bruce T. Moran, Preserving the Cutting Edge: Woodblocks, Visual Knowledge, and Practices of Botanical Illustration in Early Modern Europe

This lecture will focus upon the preparation, use, and reuse of woodblocks in the production of printed images of plants within two traditions of early modern herbals, each supporting distinct agendas within changing economies of curiosity.

Friday, April 19, 2013
History of the Book Lecture
Kathleen Lynch : How Does the Fixity of Print Become a Problem for Religious Identity?

The fixity of print—or the ability of print publication to establish a stable text—has been banished from the scholarly lexicon. Dr. Lynch will raise the prospect only to propose that there are genres in which a desire for fixity are well served by print publication. The teleologically driven spiritual experience, or Protestant conversion narrative, is one.

Friday, January 11, 2013
History of the Book Lecture
Jeffrey Masten : Toward Queerer Book History

How can the history of the book engage more fully with recent developments in the history of Renaissance sexualities? Professor Masten will consider a range of examples to think about same-sex male eroticism in and around early printed books, from the perspective of production as well as reception.

Friday, October 26, 2012
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: CANCELLATION : The History of the Book Lecture previously scheduled for this date has been canceled by the speaker

The History of the Book Lecture previously scheduled for this date has been canceled by the speaker.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Debra Higgs Strickland

The Prophet Muhammad in Late Medieval Christian Manuscripts

Debra Higgs Strickland, University of Glasgow

Saturday, April 14, 2012
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Nicholas Carr : The Book as Gadget: The Rise of E-Readers and E-Reading

Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Julia Walworth : Becoming a Knight: Visual Evidence in Medieval Books

Julia Walworth, Merton College, University of Oxford

The medieval knight is not usually associated with book culture, yet contemporary manuscripts contain imagery that offers fruitful insights into the secular and ecclesiastical dimensions of chivalric ritual.

A reception will follow the lecture.

Friday, November 4, 2011
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Tim William Machan

Representing Language: The Illustration of Code-Switching in Late-Medieval Manuscripts

Tim William Machan, Marquette University

Thursday, April 21, 2011
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Christine Ferdinand

Bankruptcy in the Eighteenth-Century Book Trade
Christine Ferdinand, Magdalen College Library, University of Oxford

Friday, October 1, 2010
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: François Dupuigrenet-Desroussilles

Catholic Bible Publishing in the Vernacular after the Council of Trent: A European Overview
François Dupuigrenet-Desroussilles, Florida State University

Friday, September 10, 2010
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Michael I. Allen

The Letters of Lupus of Ferrières
Michael I. Allen, University of Chicago

Friday, March 26, 2010
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: J. Paul Hunter

Poetry on the Page: Anglophone Couplets and Historical Practices of “Silent” Reading
J. Paul Hunter, University of Virginia

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Thursday, November 5, 2009
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: David Stern

Through the Pages of the Past: The Jewish Book in Its Historical Contexts
David Stern, University of Pennsylvania

Friday, October 2, 2009
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Kathryn Kerby-Fulton

Some Major Middle English Poetic Manuscripts and their Marginalia
Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, Notre Dame University

Friday, April 17, 2009
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Katharine Breen

Inculcating Habitus through Book Technology: Nicole Oresme’s Le livre de éthiques d’Aristote
Katharine Breen, Northwestern University

Friday, February 13, 2009
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Kent Emery

The Role of Codicology in the Historical Critical Edition of Medieval Texts
Kent Emery, University of Notre Dame

Friday, November 7, 2008
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Edward Tenner

A Futurist’s Middle Ages: Albert Robida and Design Heritage
Edward Tenner, Princeton University

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Thursday, January 31, 2008
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Giles Mandelbrote

The First Printed Library Catalogue? A German Doctor’s Library of the Sixteenth Century and Its Place in the History of the Distribution of Books by Catalog
Giles Mandelbrote, British Library
(now with Lambeth Palace Library)

Thursday, October 11, 2007
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Brian Stock

The Reader’s Dilemma: Ascetic and Aesthetic Approaches to Reading and Ethics
Brian Stock, University of Toronto (now emeritus)

Friday, September 14, 2007
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Kevin M. Stevens

Books Fit for a Portuguese Queen: The Library of Catherine of Austria (1507-1578) and the Milan Connection
Kevin M. Stevens, University of Nevada-Reno

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Friday, May 4, 2007
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Workshop: Angela Nuovo

Workshop: Introduction to the Book Trade in the Italian Renaissance
Angela Nuovo, Universitá di Udine

This program was supported by a generous grant from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and was cosponsored by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Angela Nuovo

Book Collecting in Sixteenth-Century Italy: The Library of Gian Vincenzo Pinelli, 1535 – 1601
Angela Nuovo, Universitá di Udine

This program was supported by a generous grant from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and was cosponsored by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago.

Friday, April 20, 2007
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Frank Lestringant

L’expérience française au Nouveau Monde à la Renaissance, à travers livres et cartes
Frank Lestringant, Université de Paris Sorbonne

Tuesday, February 6, 2007
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Jean-Claude Schmitt

Social Rhythms in the Middle Ages
Jean-Claude Schmitt, École des Hautes Études en Sceinces Sociales

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Friday, September 29, 2006
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Edward Wheatley

From a Medieval Classroom: The Newberry’s Manuscript of Aesopic Fables and Tobias
Edward Wheatley, Loyola University Chicago

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Friday, April 7, 2006
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Symposium

Rare Books and Manuscripts in Midwestern Collections

Friday, December 2, 2005
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Kathryn Duys

Lyrical Book Design: Image, Music, and Text in Gautier de Coinco’s Miracles de Nostre Dame
Kathryn Duys, University of St. Francis

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Friday, October 28, 2005
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Susie Phillips

School Masters, Seduction, and Slavery: Polygot Dictionaries and Early Modern England
Susie Phillips, Northwestern University

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Friday, March 18, 2005
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Angela Nuovo

The Book Trade in Sixteenth-Century Italy and Gabriele Giolito’s Branch System
Angela Nuovo, University of Udine

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Friday, March 4, 2005
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: David Boruchoff

Generic Transference and the Invention of the Picaresque
David Boruchoff, McGill University

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Friday, November 12, 2004
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Paul F. Gehl

Marketing Humanism
Paul Gehl, The Newberry Library

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Friday, May 21, 2004
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Conference

The Book in Early Modern Italy, Who Were the Producers and Consumers?

The Pulci Family and the Florentine Press, 1480-1500
Elissa Weaver, University of Chicago

Friday, January 23, 2004
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Isabelle de Conihout

A Great French Renaissance Library Discovered: Claude de Laubespine, 1545-1570, His Books, His Bindings
Isabelle de Conihout, Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris

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Friday, November 7, 2003
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Thomas Ohlgren

From Manuscript Miscellanies to Printed Books: the Earliest Robin Hood Poems in Context
Thomas Ohlgren, Purdue University (now emeritus)

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Friday, October 17, 2003
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Sharon Michalove

Courtesy and Cookery: Courtesy Books and the Household as Schools for Women in Late Medieval and Early Modern England
Sharon Michalove, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (now emerita)

Friday, October 17, 2003
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Frances E. Dolan

Rereading Early Modern Conduct Literature
Frances E. Dolan, University of California, Davis

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Friday, March 8, 2002
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Mark Bland

Manuscripts of the Mind and Their Makers: Donne, Jonson, and the Transmission of the Text
Mark Bland, The Open University, U.K.
(now at DeMontfort University, Leicester)

Friday, January 18, 2002
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Roger Chartier

Textual Criticism and the History of the Book: Literature and the Printing Shop, Sixteenth to Seventeenth Centuries
Roger Chartier, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

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Saturday, November 17, 2001
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Ralph Keen

The Patristic Revival and Theological Polemics in the Sixteenth Century: Controversialists’ Editions of the Fathers
Ralph Keen, University of Iowa
(now at University of Illinois at Chicago)

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Friday, October 26, 2001
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Mark Amsler

Affective Literacy, the Flesh, and the Text
Mark Amsler, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
(now at University of Auckland, New Zealand)

Friday, March 2, 2001
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Peter Stallybrass

Books and Scrolls: Reading Discontinuously
Peter Stallybrass, University of Pennsylvania

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Friday, January 19, 2001
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: James Akerman

Books as Maps, Maps as Books: Looking for Narratives in Atlas Design
James Akerman, The Newberry Library

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Saturday, November 11, 2000
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Richard Emmerson

Translating Images: The Decorated Page in French, English, and Latin Versions of Guillaume de Deguilville’s Trois Pelerinages
Richard K. Emmerson, The Medieval Academy
(now at Manhattan College)

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Saturday, October 21, 2000
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Alison Stones

Lancelot-Grail Illustrations in Early Printed Books
Alison Stones, University of Pittsburgh

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Saturday, April 22, 2000
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Anne D. Heernan

Visual Inscription in Laurent de Premierfait’s Translations of Boccaccio
Anne D. Heernan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Saturday, April 8, 2000
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Timothy Barrett

The Introduction of Paper to Europe, 800-1500
Timothy Barrett, Center for the Book, University of Iowa

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Saturday, January 15, 2000
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Malachi Beit-Arie

The production of Hebrew Manuscripts: Progression or Regression
Malachi Beit-Arie, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, now emeritus

Saturday, November 13, 1999
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Elisabeth Lalou

Medieval Wax Tablets: Between Memory and Oblivion
Elisabeth Lalou, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

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Saturday, October 23, 1999
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Paul F. Gehl

Printer’s Marks: Signifying Literacy in the Marketplace
Paul Gehl, The Newberry Library

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Tuesday, April 6, 1999
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Brian Stock

Minds, Bodies, and Readers in Early Modern Europe: Toward a History of Reading and Mind-Body Medicine
Brian Stock, University of Toronto, now emeritus

Friday, February 26, 1999
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Anders Winroth

Looking for Gratian’s Hand in the Early Manuscripts of the Decretum
Anders Winroth, Yale University

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Friday, January 15, 1999
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Valerie Traub

Anatomy, Cartography, and the New World Body
Valerie Traub, University of Michigan

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Friday, November 6, 1998
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Kay Amert

Reconsidering the Scholar-Printers of the 16th Century: Estienne and Colines
Kay Amert, University of Iowa

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Friday, October 9, 1998
History of the Book Lecture
History of the Book Lecture: Paul Saenger

The Genesis of Word Separation at Fleury
Paul Saenger, The Newberry Library

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