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A Brief History of Books in Indigenous North America

A Brief History of Books in Indigenous North America
1 Devonshire Place, Room 208N
Time: Nov 7th, 5:00 pm End: Nov 7th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Law, Faculty of , Indigenous, English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Critical Theory, Communications, Book History/Print Culture, 1900-1950, 1800-1900, 1500-1800
Lecture by Matt Cohen, University of Texas at Austin

Toronto Centre for the Book Lecture Series

The Toronto Centre for the Book is the lecture series of the University of Toronto Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture, based at Massey College.

Program for 2013-14:

J. R. de J. Jackson Lecture
Thursday 3 October 2013, 4:15 p.m.
Faculty of Information, 140 St. George Street, Bissell Building, Room 728
Adrian Johns (University of Chicago)
"The Cultural Origins of the Printing Revolution"
In Association with the iSchool.  Podcast of this talk is available HERE.

Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place, Room 208N
Matt Cohen (University of Texas at Austin)
"A Brief History of Books in Indigenous North America"

In Association with the Centre for the Study of the United States

The first Bible printed in North America was in a Native language. Many of the influential early printed works from New England presses were brought into being at the hands of Indian printers. For hundreds of years, American Indians and First Nations peoples have been publishing for international audiences, and for generations have been among the best-selling authors of fiction, poetry, and history. Yet the study of the history of books – their publication, circulation, marketing, collection in libraries, reception, and social meanings – in Indian country has just begun. Books have been a terror to indigenous communities, heralding invaders and justifying legalized theft, attempted cultural extermination, and systematic social deprecation. At the same time, books have been key to Native resistance, adaptation, collaboration, and spiritual revelation. This talk will sketch a synoptic history of books in indigenous North America, suggesting points of opportunity and potential conversation between book history and indigenous studies.

Matt Cohen, Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, works in the fields of early American literature, digital archives, and the history of the book. He is the editor of a collection of letters by the creator of Tarzan, titled Brother Men: The Correspondence of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Herbert T. Weston (Duke UP, 2005), and the author of The Networked Wilderness: Communicating in Early New England (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). With Jeffrey Glover, he edited Early American Mediascapes: Communication and Colonization (forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press); he is also a contributing editor at the online Walt Whitman Archive.

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Thursday, 30 January 2014, 4:15 p.m.
Upper Library, Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place
Michael Gamer (University of Pennsylvania)
"Re-collection's Intranquility"
In Association with the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy at the Faculty of Law

Wednesday, 5 March 2014, 4:15 p.m.
Victoria College, 91 Charles Street West, Alumni Hall
Francis Cody (University of Toronto)
"Publics and Crowds Revisited: On the Role of Print Capitalism in South Indian Politics"
In Association with the Friends of the Victoria University Library

Each TCB talk will be followed by a small reception. All are welcome. We very much hope to see you again in the year ahead.

The Collaborative Program in Book History & Print Culture now has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BookHistoryandPrintCulture. FB users are very welcome to "like" the page as a handy way of receiving future announcements about both BHPC and TCB.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact Gillian Northgrave at book.history@utoronto.ca

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