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The Poetics of Print

VENUE: Liberty Room, Winterbourne House and Garden, University of Birmingham

DATE: 21 February 2019

BOOKINGS are now OPEN. Ticket price: £25 or £20 full-time students.

A one-day symposium co-organized by the Centre for Printing History and Culture (Birmingham City University / University of Birmingham) and the Centre for Literary Editing and the Materiality of the Text (University of Birmingham)

This symposium aims to explore the manifold relations between literature and the technologies, practices and cultures of print, from the invention of the printing press to the present day. As a collaboration between CPHC and CLEMT, it seeks to assemble a diverse group of scholars and practitioners from both sides of the literature-print interface, and to promote interdisciplinary discussion about the manifestations of English-language literature in print.


James Misson (University of Oxford), Typeset in Stone: materializing texts in modern and Early Modern books

Dr Eleanor Dobson (University of Birmingham), Tracing the Egyptologist’s Hand in E. Nesbit’s The Story of the Amulet

Kollontai Diniz (Royal College of Art), Seeing Dialects: marks of elision on the literary page

Dr Maria Damkjær (University of Copenhagen), Designs of failure? Page fillers in the Victorian periodical press

Dr Rona Cran (University of Birmingham), ‘Who will help me put out this magazine?’: women poets and the mimeograph revolution in mid-century New York

Dr Rachel Stenner (University of Sussex), The Typographic Imaginary in Early Modern Literature

Professor David Finkelstein (Heriot-Watt University), Labour laureates: printer-poets in the Victorian trade press