Yale Program in the History of the Book
The Yale Program in the History of the Book brings together scholars across disciplines to explore the materiality of the written word over time and across cultures. A collaboration between Yale’s Department of English and Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, it offers seminar meetings for the Yale community and a series of public lectures by speakers across the field of book history. In autumn 2013, we began hosting an annual symposium.
The Program is organized by David Scott Kastan, Chair (George M. Bodman Professor of English Literature, Yale Department of English); Kathryn James (Curator of Early Modern Books and Manuscripts & the Osborn Collection, Beinecke Library); and Andrew S. Brown (Ph.D. candidate, Yale Department of English).
Events are usually located in the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Lectures take the form of a forty-five minute talk followed by brief Q&A, and each seminar meeting provides an opportunity for discussion centered on a pre-circulated paper. To be added to the Program list and receive seminar readings, please contact Kathryn James.
To foster discussion across the many related fields practicing book history, the Yale Program in the History of the Book is organized around two events with each speaker: a public lecture and, on the following day, a seminar discussion centering on our guests’ work in progress. Beginning in the autumn of 2013, we will also host an annual symposium.
Papers are pre-circulated in the week preceding the seminar. To be added to the seminar list, please contact Kathryn James.
Inevitabilities of the Book
Friday-Saturday, September 9-10, 2016
Space is limited; please contact Andrew Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register. A detailed program and room locations will be provided in late August.
Inheritance, innovation, or inevitability?
The ancient table of contents at the dawn of print
Joseph Howley, Department of Classics, Columbia University
Friday, September 9, 2016, 5pm
Beinecke Library mezzanine
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9am – 5pm
Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High St
Participants include: Rebekah Ahrendt (Department of Music, Yale University), Andrew Brown (Department of English, Yale University), Marijeta Bozovic (Slavic Languages & Literatures, Yale University), Carol Chiodo (Digital Humanities Lab, Yale University), Gill Partington (Department of English and Humanities, Birbeck, University of London), David Scott Kastan (Department of English, Yale University), Meredith Neuman (Department of English, Clark University), Elika Ortega (Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies, Northeastern University), Jessica Brantley (Department of English, Yale University), Jacqueline Wernimont (Department of English, Arizona State University)
Lecture & Seminar Series
Lectures: Wednesdays, 5-6 PM, Beinecke Library mezzanine
Seminars: Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:45 PM, Beinecke Library, room 9 (on lower level)
Margreta de Grazia
Emerita Sheli Z. and Burton X. Rosenberg Professor of the Humanities, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania
“Chronological Cruxes in the Shakespearean Canon”
Lecture, October 12, 2016; Seminar, October 13, 2016
Adjunct Professor, Department of English, University of Toronto
“Book-Piracy in the Reign of Mary Tudor”
Lecture, November 9, 2016; Seminar, November 10, 2016
Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania
“What Is a Letter?”
Lecture, December 7, 2016; Seminar, December 8, 2016
Time and the Book
A Symposium of the Yale Program in the History of the Book
Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13, 2014