Deirdre Lynch, Harvard University, "Poems out of Place and Books Unbound"

When Nov 04, 2016
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where HUM 205
Contact Phone 502-852-6801
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This lecture series 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.

Deidre Shauna Lynch has published widely on the literature and culture of late- eighteenth-century and early-nineteenth-century Britain, on the history of women’s writing, on the theory and history of the novel, and on the history of reading. Her first book The Economy of Character: Novels, Market Culture and the Business of Inner Meaning won the Modern Language Association Prize for a First Book in 1999. Other books include (as editor or co-editor) Cultural Institutions of the Novel (Duke University Press), Janeites: Austen’s Disciples and Devotees (Princeton University Press), the Oxford World’s Classics edition of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, the Norton Critical Edition of Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and the Romantic Period volume of The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Her edition of Austen’s Mansfield Park will be published by Harvard University Press in 2016.  In early 2015 the University of Chicago Press published her Loving Literature: A Cultural History, a study that engages the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century prehistory of English studies in order to give a new account of the state of the discipline and of the state of our literary affections.  Her work in progess includes a book titled Paper Slips:Disassembling the Book in the Romantic Century.