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The English Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts invite you to:

Reading, Writing, Printing

A Conference in Honor of Peter Stallybrass
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Hand colored woodcut of a beardless Saint Jerome wearing a cardinal's hat seated on a pew with a lion resting his front paws on Jerome's knees, from Saint Jerome, Septem diui Hieronymi epistole ad vitam mortalium instituendam accomodatissime, (Leipzig, 1508). Penn Libraries, Kislak Center Collections

April 19-21, 2018

Please join us for a conference in celebration of the career of Peter Stallybrass, Annenberg Professor in the Humanities, Professor of English, and Director of the Workshop in the History of Material Texts at the University of Pennsylvania. We will gather to honor Peter's immense contributions to scholarship and to all of our intellectual lives by exchanging new ideas, fostering new collaborations, and, in keeping with Peter's style, eating and drinking together.

Organized by the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania and the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts. Generously co-sponsored by the Penn School of Arts and Sciences, Penn Office of the Provost, the Annenberg School for Communication, Classical Studies, Germanic Languages and Literatures, History, History of Art, Jewish Studies, the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, Mary H. and Lawrence W. Pollack, the University of Pennsylvania Press, and the Wolf Humanities Center. Special thanks to David Comberg and Faith Padgett of The Common Press.

  • Thursday, April 19, 2018

    5:00pm Keynote Address 
    Welcome: William Noel 
    Roger Chartier 
    Margreta de Grazia, The Rise and Fall of Shakespeare's Chronology

    6:30pm Reception

  • Friday, April, 20, 2018

    9:00am Coffee

    9:30-10:45am Panel 1 – Manuscript and Print

    • Zachary Lesser and John Pollack, Welcome
    • Simran Thadani, Readings of Writing that's Meant for Printing: or, Book History the Stallybrassian Way
    • Christopher A. Hunter, 'Correspondence and some Valuable Manuscripts': Printing an Eighteenth-Century Archive
    • Robbie Glen, How to Read a Letter
    • Clare Costley King'oo, John Crane's Obedience; or, Tax Avoidance with Tyndale
    • Respondent: Heather Wolfe


    10:45-11:15 am Break

    11:15am-12:30pm Panel 2 – Shakespeare and Early Modern Theater

    Jessica Rosenberg, By the Book

    William Fisher, 'Making most solemne love to a petticote': Clothing Fetishism and the Early Modern Theater

    Jeffrey Masten, The Museum of Gavestoneana

    Julie Crawford, The Place of the Cousin in As You Like It

    Respondent: Michael Witmore


    12:30-2:00pm Lunch 

    2:00-3:15pm Panel 3 – Reading, Commonplacing, Noting

    Brooke Palmieri and John Pollack, 'Over & Over & Over, but not overly': On the excesses of note-taking in Pastorius's Beehive

    James Kearney, Alabaster's Wager: Reading, Before and After

    James N. Green, Franklin's Annotated Draft of the 1776 Pennsylvania Declaration of Rights

    Respondent: Ann Blair


    3:15-3:30pm Break

    3:30-4:45pm Panel 4 – Sheets, Pamphlets, Books

    • Dianne Mitchell, Between the Sheet
    • Alan B. Farmer, Big Jobs: Printers and the Publication of Large Books
    • Alan Niles, Scarcity, Survival, Simulation: Inventing the American Elegy
    • Lynne Farrington, Occupying a Sacred Place in the Hearts of the People: Selling the Family Bible in Nineteenth-Century America
    • Respondent: Michael F. Suarez, S.J.


    4:45-5:00pm Break

    5:00-6:00pm Round Table / concluding thoughts: 

    Roger Chartier, David Scott Kastan, Zachary Lesser, Ann Rosalind Jones, Nancy J. Vickers, Jerome E. Singerman, Michèle Barrett

  • Saturday, April, 21, 2018

    A Celebration of Peter Stallybrass, undergraduate teacher and mentor

    10:15am-12:30pm: Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center

    Keynote Address

    Brooke Palmieri, Thinking and Against Thinking with Peter Stallybrass

    Undergraduate exhibits and talks, featuring the work of the Penn Manuscript Collective


    12:30pm-2:30pm: The Common Press, Anne & Jerome Fisher Fine Arts Library

    Demonstrations and hands-on printing