The Book History Colloquium at Columbia presents
a panel on 19th-century American and British handmade books
Handmade Books, Remade Genres
Rachel Feder, "Marginal Experiments"
Ellen Gruber Garvey, "Repurposed Books"
Karen Sánchez-Eppler, "Records of Grief"
In"Marginal Experiments" Rachel Feder will explore the connections between nineteenth-century women's daily writing and the history of experimental poetry. Ellen Gruber Garvey's talk will focus on nineteenth-century scrapbooks made not in blank books but by repurposing existing books and the complex dialogs between the printed book and the scrapbook maker's intervention. Karen Sanchez-Eppler will focus her talk on the historiographical implications of working with handmade books on Mary Bacon’s Mourning Journal.
Rachel Feder is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at Rutgers University. Her current research focuses on nineteenth-century commonplace books, book history, and experimental poetics. Ellen Gruber Garvey's most recent book, Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance came out from Oxford University Press in 2013. She is also the author of The Adman in the Parlor: Magazines and the Gendering of Consumer Culture (OUP, 1996), Winner of a SHARP Prize for Best Book, and a Professor of English at New Jersey City University. Karen Sánchez-Eppler is L. Stanton Williams 1941 Professor of American Studies and English at Amherst College. The author of Touching Liberty: Abolition, Feminism and the Politics of the Body (1993) and Dependent States: The Child’s Part in Nineteenth-Century American Culture (2005), she is currently working on two book projects The Unpublished Republic: Manuscript Cultures of the Mid-Nineteenth Century US and In the Archives of Childhood: Personal and Historical Pasts.
The talk will take place in 523 Butler Library on the Columbia University Morningside campus (535 West 114th Street, NY, NY) and is free and open to the public.
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