CFP: [Renaissance] Material Readings in Early Modern Culture, 1550-1700

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James Daybell

Material Readings in Early Modern Culture, 1550-1700

A Symposium at the University of Plymouth, 11-12 April 2008

This two-day symposium held at the University of Plymouth explores the
significance of the materiality of manuscript and printed texts in the
early modern period. By comprehensively focussing on the material aspects
of texts (both in terms of their physicality and the materiality of
social practices) as a new and valuable way of reading and decoding
meaning, it aims to provide a thorough reassessment of the intrinsic
natures of and developing relationships between cultures of manuscript
and print from the late sixteenth century through to 1600. Avowedly
interdisciplinary, a central purpose of the conference is to foster
vigorous dialogues between print and manuscript studies, critical
bibliography and history of the book, palaeography and diplomatics, and
social and cultural history. It is intended that papers will examine a
broad range of texts, both canonical and non-traditional, print and
manuscript, and will treat the following key areas:

• The material, practices and processes of textual composition and
production; manuscripts, drafting and editions
• The technologies and tools of writing
• Interpreting the uses of paper, quills, ink, desks, presses
• The significance of space and the design of texts; the layout of
the manuscript and printed page; script and white space; type and
typography; paratextual apparatus
• The space of textual production; the social context and location
of writing
• The social signs, codes and cues inscribed within texts
• The distribution and dissemination of texts
• Environments of reading and reception
• Marginalia and practices of reading
• The material text as object or thing

Key Speakers include

Professor Maureen Bell (University of Birmingham)
Professor Cedric Brown (University of Reading)
Dr Christopher Burlinson (Emmanuel College, Cambridge)
Professor Victoria Burke (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Dr James Daybell (University of Plymouth)
Dr Jonathan Gibson (Royal Holloway)
Dr Peter Hinds (University of Plymouth)
Professor Mark Knights (Warwick University)
Professor Arthur F. Marotti (Wayne State University, USA)
Professor Steven N. Zwicker (Washington University, St. Louis)

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