Time and the Book

Time and the Book
Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13, 2014

On the nightstand, on its deathbed; in AustenLand and on Notre Dame; serially and on cereal boxes: the book is always situated materially within its and others’ times. This year’s symposium examines the intersections of time and the book, exploring the relationships of time and materiality in the life of books as objects. Some themes include: the co-existence of timeframes and time-scales within the lives and critical lives of the book as object; the circadian and palimpsestic lives of books; their imagined pasts and futures; the differential aging of materials and material structures within them, and of social structures without; and the changing identities or values of books, or structures or perceptions of books, over time.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 2:30pm4pm
Beinecke Library, room 38/39
Carol Chiodo, Molly Dotson, David Gary, Kathryn James, Marie-France LeMay, Aaron Pratt, Jae Rossman

Keynote Lecture
Time in Place
Kathryn James, Curator for Early Modern Books and Manuscripts & the Osborn Collection, Beinecke Library
Friday, September 12, 2014, 4:30pm
Beinecke Library mezzanine

Symposium Seminars
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Participants include: Jessica Brantley (Yale University), Raymond Clemens (Beinecke Library), David Scott Kastan (Yale University), Bonnie Mak (University of Illinois), Paul Needham (Princeton University), Jeff Peachey (Bookbinder and Conservator), Aaron Pratt (Yale University), Leah Price (Harvard University), Keith Wrightson (Yale University)