Please join the Friends of the Library for their annual poetry reading with Molly Peacock. The reading is open to the Trinity College community and anyone who appreciates or wants to learn more about poetry.
Zoom Link: https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/88604365859
Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Time: 7:30 p.m.
From her website: “From her website: “Molly Peacock is a poet, biographer, essayist, and writer of tales whose multi-genre literary life has taken her from New York City to Toronto, from poetry to prose, from words to words-and-pictures, and from lyric self-examination to curiosity about the lives of others.”
When something disrupts the normal process of making a book, the disruption often leaves a material trace which textual scholars call a “bibliographical disturbance.” The year 2020 will long be remembered as a similar kind of disruption writ large, leaving its own material traces in our scholarship, careers and lives. For the Book History & Print Culture (BHPC) program Prof. Alan Galey directs at the University of Toronto, 2020 also happened to be its twentieth anniversary as a graduate program. What should have been a year of celebration instead became a year of adaptation, as the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to rethink BHPC’s normally library-based, book-focused courses for remote delivery. BHPC’s twentieth anniversary became an occasion to re-examine the field’s rationale and pedagogy—just as bibliographical disturbances are opportunities to understand how a book was made.In that spirit, this talk will reflect on lessons that Prof. Galey and his colleagues in the BHPC program have learned about book history education during the pandemic. From the representation of physical books on Zoom screens, to the reliability of digitizations, to the status of born-digital literature, to the social value of the book arts, to questions about diversity and equity in the field of book history—2020 brought a reckoning with all these topics and more. Yet book history education has never been more necessary than today, and textual scholarship has important work to do in the post-2020 world. This talk will look back on what we’ve learned from twenty years of book history at the University of Toronto, and will look ahead to the next twenty.
Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Alan Galey is director of the collaborative program in Book History and Print Culture at the University of Toronto, and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information with a cross-appointment to English. He is the author of The Shakespearean Archive: Experiments in New Media from the Renaissance to Postmodernity (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and co-editor of Shakespeare, the Bible, and the Form of the Book: Contested Scriptures (Routledge, 2011). His articles have appeared in journals such as Book History, Shakespeare Quarterly, Archivaria, and Textual Practice, on topics ranging from the digitization of Shakespeare, to the bibliographical analysis of ebooks, to Marshall McLuhan’s marginalia on James Joyce, to bootlegged concert recordings of The Tragically Hip. He presently holds a SSHRC Insight Grant for a project called The Veil of Code: Bibliographical Methods for Born-Digital Texts (veilofcode.ca).
About the Frederic Alden Warren Lecture
The Frederic Alden Warren Lecture was endowed by Trinity College alumna Hilary Nicholls in memory of her father. Her aim was to enhance the program of the John W. Graham Library with a lecture series whose theme is literature, libraries, and culture – broadly interpreted.