Jeffrey Masten

Toward Queerer Book History
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
History of the Book Lecture
Friday, January 11, 2013

2 pm

Towner Fellows Lounge

Jeffrey Masten, Northwestern University

How can the history of the book engage more fully with recent developments in the history of Renaissance sexualities? Professor Masten will consider a range of examples to think about same-sex male eroticism in and around early printed books, from the perspective of production as well as reception. What meanings emerge from historiated capitals, so-called “children initials”?  Where might we look for signs of “queer readerships” in early modern books? How are the critical rhetorics of book history and textual criticism implicated in languages of sex and gender?

A reception will follow the lecture.

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Sponsored by the Glasgow Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Illinois State University, and Marquette University; and organized by Paul F. Gehl, The Newberry Library; Susan Kim, Illinois State University; Albert Rivero, Marquette University; Elizabeth Robertson, GCMRS; and Paul Saenger, The Newberry Library.

Cost and registration information: 

This program is free and open to the public, but registration in advance is required. Registrations will be processed through 11 am Thursday, January 10. Register online here.

Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.

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