After Print: Manuscripts in the Eighteenth Century


Readers may be interested in the upcoming “After Print: Manuscripts in the Eighteenth Century” conference at UC Santa Barbara on April 24.  Margaret Ezell will be a keynote speaker.

The schedule is printed below.


All events will be held in the McCune Conference Room in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, 6020 HSSB.

8:00-8:45 a.m.: Breakfast

8:45-9:00: Welcome remarks

9:00-10:30: Panel 1: Accessing Authorship

Emily C. Friedman, Auburn University: “Amateur Manuscript Fiction in the Archive: An Introduction”

Andrew O. Winckles, Adrian College: “Pray for the Unworthy Scribbler: Oral, Manuscript, and Print Culture Among Early Methodist Women”

Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University: “‘Through Virtue’s Sacred Gate to Honor’s Fane’: Manuscript-Print Equilibrium and the Yorke-Grey Coterie, 1740-1766″

10:30-10:45: Coffee

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Panel 2: Politics in Manuscript

Dee E. Andrews, California State University, East Bay: “Thomas Clarkson’s Hand: The Uses of Manuscripts in Abolitionist Authorship”

Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, University of Southern California: “Revolutionary Manuscripts: Reading Political Epistolarity in the Revolutionary Atlantic, ca. 1765-1800″

Leith Davis, Simon Fraser University: “Mediating the Glorious Revolution”

12:15-1:15 p.m.: Lunch

1:15-2:45: Panel 3: Scientists and Cosmopolitans

Chiara Cillerai, St. John’s University: ““Forms of Belonging: Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson’s Manuscript Books”

Tilottama Rajan, University of Western Ontario: “Arranging the Sibylline Leaves of Science: The 1835 and 1861 Editions of the Work of John Hunter (1728-93)”

Colin Ramsey, Appalachian State University: “Becoming Dr. Franklin: Benjamin Franklin’s Construction of a Scientific Reputation in Manuscript and Print”

2:45-3:00: Coffee

3:00-4:30: Panel 4: New Methods

Marissa Nicosia, Scripps College: “Cooking in the Archives: Bringing Eighteenth-Century Manuscript Recipes into a Twenty-First-Century Southern California Kitchen”

Sandra Friesen, University of Victoria: “Beyond Best-Text Editions: Interpreting the Many MS Contexts of ‘Seigneur/Seignior/Signior Dildo(e)’”

Claude Willan, Stanford University: “Poetry Clusters”

4:30-5:00: Break

5:00-6:30: Keynote address: Margaret Ezell, Texas A&M University

“‘Burn when read’:  Some Thoughts on Manuscript Cultures after the Expiration of the Licensing Act (1695)”


3 Responses to “After Print: Manuscripts in the Eighteenth Century”

  1. Eleanor Shevlin Says:

    Thanks, Anna. This event looks quite interesting–and such a strong line-up. All the titles look so promising, but there are a few that I am especially sorry to miss. I have heard Colin Ramsey speak on his work on Dr. Franklin at several conferences, and it is fascinating. Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson’s Manuscript Books is a Philadelphia noteworthy, and I’d be very interested in hearing Chiara Cillerai’s work on her. Emily Friedman’s and Betty Schellenberg’s talks are certain to be excellent.


  2. Anna Battigelli Says:

    I agree. The schedule of papers returned me to the question of the reproduction of manuscripts in digital archives. Are manuscripts adequately represented in the digital world? Can they be?


  3. Eleanor Shevlin Says:

    While I am not sure of the percentage of digital projects involving manuscripts to those involving print, it does seem as if a number of digitization projects focused on manuscripts exist and that these projects are extremely divers, ranging from projects devoted to a single author or network of authors to ones that provide access to papyrus manuscripts (Duke’s, for instance) to the numerous medieval British and European manuscripts. The British Library, Library of Congress, Vatican Library, and libraries around the world have undertaken projects focused on digitizing their manuscript collections. The British Library, not surprisingly, offers a solid collection–as do so many universities from around the world.

    As for the very good question about they can represent manuscripts, it depends on the users purpose–and awareness of what is both lost and gained in relaying on the digital versions.


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