History of the Book | Symposium: Time and the Book
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 2:30pm
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
121 Wall St., New Haven, CT 06511
Time and the Book
A Symposium of the Yale Program in the History of the Book
On the nightstand, on its deathbed; in AustenLand and on Notre Dame; serially and on cereal boxes: the book is always situated materially within its and others’ times. This year’s symposium examines the intersections of time and the book, exploring the relationships of time and materiality in the life of books as objects. Some themes include: the co-existence of timeframes and time-scales, within the lives and critical lives of the book as object; the circadian and palimpsestic lives of books; their imagined pasts and futures; the differential ageing of materials and material structures within them, and of social structures without; and the changing identities or values of books, or structures or perceptions of books, over time.
The symposium will begin on Friday at 2:30 with a biblio-laboratory in classrooms 38-39, followed at 4:30 by a keynote lecture by Kathryn James, the Beinecke's curator of Early Modern and Osborn Collections, and symposium reception on the library's mezzanine.