Events Schedule

Upcoming Events

Fall 2015

The Futures of Historicism
A Symposium of the Yale Program in the History of the Book
Friday and Saturday, October 2 and 3, 2015


Joseph Dane, Professor of English, University of Southern California
“How Many Chaucerians Does It Take to Count to Ten? Horrors of the Obvious in Humanities Research”
Lecture, Oct. 28, 2015; Seminar, October 29, 2015

The materials for the Thursday seminar are attached below:

“The Haunting of Suckling’s Fragmenta Aurea”

“An Editorial Propaedeutic” (from Blind Impressions)


Stephanie Frampton, Assistant Professor of Classical Literature, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Hitting up Herculaneum: Reading and Publishing Roman Graffiti in 2015”
Lecture, Dec. 9, 2015; Seminar, Dec. 10, 2015

The paper for Thursday’s seminar is attached below:

“Kings of the Stone Age”


Spring 2016

Jonathan Rose, Professor of History, Drew University
“Don’t Believe This Paper: A Doubtful History of Skeptical Reading”
Lecture, March 9, 2015; Seminar, March 10, 2016

Belinda Jack, Fellow and Tutor in French at Christ Church, University of Oxford
“What Can We Really Know? The History of the Book versus the History of Reading”
Lecture, April 6, 2015; Seminar, April 7, 2016

Past Events

Summer 2015

Harvard-Yale Book History Conference
Monday, May 4, 2015
Harvard University, Barker Center, room 133
Yale organizers: Andrew S. Brown (English) and Stephanie Ranks (English)
Yale presenters include: Melanie Chambliss (African-American Studies and American Studies), Kyle Dugdale (Architecture), Katherine Hindley (Medieval Studies), and Matthew David Larsen (Religious Studies)

Marginal Malone
Co-organized with the Bodleian Centre for the Study of the Book
Friday, June 26, 2015
Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford

Speakers include:  Margreta de Grazia (University of Pennsylvania), Arnold Hunt (King’s College, London), Clive Hurst (Bodleian Library), Ivan Lupić (Stanford), Bill Sherman (Victoria & Albert Museum), and Tiffany Stern (Oxford).

Organized by Stephen Bernard (University College, Oxford), Alexandra Franklin (Bodleian Library, Oxford), Kathryn James (Beinecke Library, Yale), and David Scott Kastan (Yale).

Attendance is free but registration is required.

Marginal Malone - Announcement

Spring 2015

Mordechai Levy-Eichel, PhD Candidate, Department of History, Yale University
“‘Good and Useful Learning’: The Expansion of Mathematics in Early Modern English Printing”
Seminar, Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cathleen Baker, Conservation Library and Adjunct Lecturer, University of Michigan,
Caleb Smith, Professor of English and American Studies, Yale University
“The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict”
Lecture, Wednesday, February 4, 2015; Seminar, Thursday, February 5, 2015

Kathy Peiss, Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History, University of Pennsylvania
“Information in Wartime: American ‘Bookmen’ and their Acquisitions in World War II”
Lecture, Wednesday, March 4, 2015; Seminar, Thursday, March 5, 2015

Alexandra Gillespie, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Toronto
“Chaucer in Fragments: Collating The Canterbury Tales
Lecture, Wednesday, April 15, 2015; Seminar, Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fall 2014
Symposium, Time and the Book
Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13, 2014Lectures: Wednesdays at 4:30, Beinecke mezzanine
Seminars: Thursdays at 5:00, Beinecke room 38/39 (on lower level)Henry Woudhuysen, Rector, Lincoln College, University of Oxford
“Adulteration and Vampment: The ‘Improvement’ of Rare Books, 1750-1950”
Lecture, Wednesday, October 1, 2014; Seminar, Thursday, October 2, 2014
These events are co-sponsored by the Renaissance Colloquium, Department of EnglishBlair Hedges, Professor and Director, Center for Biodiversity, Temple University
“Wormholes and the Science of Prints”
Lecture, Wednesday, November 5, 2014; Seminar, Thursday, November 6, 2014Garrett Stewart, James O. Freedman Professor of Letters, Department of English, University of Iowa
“Codex 2.0: Turning the Conceptual Page”
Lecture, Wednesday, December 3, 2014; Seminar, Thursday, December 4, 20142013-2014Symposium, Structures of Meaning in the History of the Book
Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21, 2013Leslie Howsam, “Mediated Histories: How Victorian Periodicals Parsed the Past”
Lecture, Wednesday, October 2, 2013; Seminar, Thursday, October 3, 2013Randall McLeod, “De motu cordis textus”
Lecture, Wednesday, November 6, 2013; Seminar, Thursday, November 7, 2013Peter Kornicki, “Sins of Omission: What the Publishers’ Catalogues of Edo-period Japan Left Out”
Lecture, Wednesday, December 11, 2013; Seminar, Thursday, December 12, 2013Elizabeth Frengel, “When Extra-Literary Becomes Literary: The Endpaper Maps of E.H. Shepard and Jules Feiffer”
Seminar, Thursday, January 23, 2014Marc Michael Epstein, “Book Arts and the Expansion of the Methodological Toolbox for the Study of Medieval Judaism”
Lecture, Wednesday, February 12, 2014; Seminar, Thursday, February 13, 2014

Timothy Barrett, “Papermakers Who Made Parchment: Product Innovation in 14th- and 15th-Century European Papermaking”
Lecture, Wednesday, March 5, 2014; Seminar, Thursday, March 6, 2014

Jessie Ann Owens, “From Concept to Printed Book: The Genesis and Manufacture of Thomas Morley’s 1597 Music Treatise”
Lecture, Wednesday, April 9, 2014; Seminar, Thursday, April 10, 2014


Michael Warner, “Preachers and Publics”
Lecture, Wednesday, October 10, 2012; Seminar, Thursday, October 11, 2012

Robert Darnton, “Blogging, Now and Then (250 Years Ago)”
Lecture, Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012; Seminar, Thursday, October 25, 2012*
Seminar details: 9-10:30 am, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, room 319, 63 High Street

David Brewer, “The Ancien Régime of Authorial Names”
Seminar, Thursday, December 13, 2012
Cosponsored by the 18th- and 19th-Century Colloquium, Department of English

Aaron T. Pratt, “Buying Playbooks in Early Modern England”
Seminar, Thursday, January 17, 2013

Roger Chartier, “Author’s Hand and Printer’s Mind in Early Modern Europe”
Lecture, Wednesday, February 6, 2013; Seminar, Thursday, February 7, 2013

Elizabeth Eisenstein, Reactions to a New Medium in the Old Millenium
Lecture, Wednesday, March 6, 2013; Seminar, Thursday, March 7, 2013

Matthew Kirschenbaum, “Track Changes: The Literary History of Word-Processing”
Seminar, Thursday, April 25, 2013

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