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Track Changes: The Literary History of Word Processing

Track Changes: The Literary History of Word Processing
140 St. George St., room 728
Time: Mar 1st, 4:00 pm End: Mar 1st, 5:30 pm
Interest Categories: Science/Technology, Information, Faculty of, History & Philosophy of Science & Technology (FAS), English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Book History/Print Culture, 2000-, 1950-2000, 1900-1950, 1800-1900, 1500-1800
Lecture by Matthew Kirschenbaum

The iSchool Colloquium Series, in partnership with the Toronto Centre for the Book, is pleased to present

Matthew Kirschenbaum, Associate Professor of English, University of Maryland and Associate Director, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)

Track Changes: The Literary History of Word Processing

Mark Twain famously prepared the manuscript for Life on the Mississippi with his new Remington typewriter, and today we recognize that typewriting changed the material culture (and the economics) of authorship. But when did literary writers begin using word processors? Who were the early adopters? How did the technology change their relation to their craft? Was the computer just a better typewriter, or was it something more? This talk, drawn from the speaker's forthcoming book on the subject, will provide some answers, and also address questions related to the challenges of conducting research at the intersection of literary and technological history.

Matthew G. Kirschenbaum is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland and Associate Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). He is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and a member of the teaching faculty at the Rare Book School.

This event is free, and everyone is welcome. For further information, please contact the Faculty of Information at (416) 978-3234.


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