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INNOVATIVE PUBLIC HUMANITIES PROGRAMMING
 

Bringing Jane Austen and other Early Women Authors to Life

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This series was the most important thing that’s happened in the Janeite community in the past year. By far.

Professor Devoney Looser (Arizona State University)

January 24, 2023

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FREE ZOOM EVENT
5 PM EST

Phillis Wheatley and her Books
with Dr. Joseph Rezek

In this talk, Joseph Rezek (Boston University) considers Wheatley’s intimate relationship to books a poet and reader and ties book ownership and authorship to her sense of what it meant to be free, exploring books she read during her travels to London in 1773. 

February 7, 2023

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FREE ZOOM EVENT
5 PM EST

Bookbinding and the English Novel from Aphra Behn to Jane Austen
with Stuart Bennett

In this fascinating talk with antiquarian bookseller Stuart Bennett, we'll examine the history of book production in England, including how Austen's novels were originally bound. The talk will start with the hand-press era and take us all the way to classic editions of Austen's novels in the nineteenth century to show the art and science of bookbinding. 

February 21, 2023

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FREE ZOOM EVENT
5 PM EST

Folding in and Folding Out: Making and Writing the 18th-Century Extra-Illustrated Book
with Dr. Julie Park

In the eighteenth century, the practice of extra-illustration transformed ordinary books into custom works of art. In this talk, Julie Park introduces us to the world of extra-illustration--the practice of custom-decorating books with images and artwork--with stunning examples from eighteenth century books. 

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