Materiality of Writing
The Materiality of Writing, Reading, and Research: On Paper, Archives, Albums, and Marginalia in the Nineteenth Century and Beyond
This lecture series, curated by Professor Deborah Lutz, considers the uses that readers and writers in the nineteenth century found for books and other sorts of volumes, collections, and archives such as commonplace books, scrapbooks, and friendship albums. We will be especially interested in the ways that writers composed their own notes, manuscripts, and books. Paper crafts will be important to us, especially those created at home by women. Handmade books and rebinding by hand will remind us of the closeness of the body and the book. Reading practices that involve marking the book will be vital, as will the research methods of nineteenth-century writers. Finally, personal traces added to volumes and paper as memory devices, as ways to mark the passing of time and experience, will inform these talks.