The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1707 Friday, 8 October 1999.
From: Daniel Traister <
Date: Thursday, 7 Oct 1999 13:06:58 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Announcing Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography, Fall 1999
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA LIBRARY
On October 25, 26, 27, and 28, Professor Randall McLeod of the
University of Toronto will deliver the A. S. W. Rosenbach Lectures in
Bibliography at the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library at the University of
The title of the series is "Material Narratives: The Printing of Two
Sixteenth-Century Books." Professor McLeod has written of it: "We all
know about reading the text of a book. These lectures are about reading
the physical book itself.
"In their neglected physicality, printed books often record in
surprising detail stories of their being manufactured, assembled and
read. It is this material language of the book, this body language,
that these lectures will attempt to read-and to lead to points of
contradiction with literary meaning. As the language is visual and
spatial, the lectures will be densely illustrated.
"The lectures can be understood individually, but they will make better
sense in pairs. The two printed books to be discussed are Castiglione's
'Book of the Courtier,' printed at the Aldine Press in Venice in 1528
(the first two lectures), and an Old Testament, printed by Robert
Estienne in Paris, 1539-44 (the last two lectures).
"Although the lectures will be technical, they are intended to be
introductory: the technical perspective and terminology will be
developed as we go. No specialized knowledge about bibliography is
expected-or about scripture and theology, or about litereature and
literary theory, or about these particular works, or, indeed the
languages in which they were written, Italian and Hebrew. In fact,
unfamiliarity with the works may speed access to the wonder of their
Trained in Shakespeare and the English Renaissance, Professor McLeod has
made his reputation in textual criticism and the editorial tradition. He
has written pioneering studies of Shakespeare, George Herbert, and John
Donne, among others, and his distinctive approach to texts has
overturned many received textual traditions.
Each lecture will begin at 5:30 PM in the Class of '55 Room, located on
the second floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library on the Penn campus.
The Library is located at 34th and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia. It
can be entered from Locust Walk, just behind a statue of a broken
button. The series is free and open to the public.
For additional information contact Michael Ryan at
or at 215-898-7552.