Living Texts: A Symposium on the Book

The Symposium on the Book at the University of Georgia is an interdisciplinary Willson Center Research Seminar that aims to explore the nature of the book in all its forms, across time and space. The goals are twofold, to pose fundamental questions such as: what makes a book a book, how have cultural attitudes toward books and book making changed, are digital media recuperating or killing print media? And to investigate and analyze the various media that contribute to the production of books such as ink, e-ink, paper, screen, manuscript, print, pixels, binding, and book arts, as well as the production processes themselves.The schedule for the Spring 2017 symposium is as follows:9:30 am Teaching Roundtable: Making Archival Material Come Alive in the ClassroomUGA faculty and grad students will discuss their experiences incorporating into their teaching students’ exploration of primary sources and historical materials.11:00 am Dianne Dugaw: “Fighting and Sailing Women in Anglo-American Prints, Songs, and History (1600–present)” Folksinger, scholar, and creative writer Dianne Dugaw has published articles, scholarly books, stories, and memoir. Professor of English and Folklore at the University of Oregon, she has performed and lectured at universities, libraries, galleries, and festivals in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. She is the author of books and articles on early modern and 18th-century literature and culture, especially exploring gender and sexuality in folksongs, literature, and history. Her creative stories appear in such magazines as Blueline, Soundings, Slippery Elm, and Mount Hope. Her 5-volume study and edition, Memoirs of Scandalous Women (2011), makes available life-stories of memorable 18th-century women–two outspoken courtesans and four cross-dressing soldiers. Recent discussions of balladry appear in The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2012) and in “Heroines Gritty and Tender, Printed and Oral, Late-Breaking and Traditional,” a chapter in Ballads and Broadsides in Britain, 1500–1800 (2012) that revisits the topic of her first book, Warrior Women and Popular Balladry, 1650–1850 (1996). Her CDrecording, Dangerous Examples—Fighting & Sailing Women in Song (2001, gives a sampling of songs about warrior women from the Elizabethan era to the modern age. Her ranch childhood in a musical and religious family informs both her interest in literature and traditional songs about women heroes and her memoir How Do the Horses Know? Growing Up Cowgirl. She is currently writing about her youthful years as a Catholic nun.Lunch2:00 pm An examination of some of the Hargrett Library’s rare book collectionNo registration required.

Friday, December 28, 2018 at 7:00pm to 12:00am

Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries, 277
300 S Hull Street, Athens, GA 30605

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