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Date(s) - 3 Mar 2014
5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Class of 1978 Pavilion, Special Collections Center

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Jeffrey Todd Knight (University of Washington), “Venus in Vellum: Christopher Marlowe’s Premodernity.”

5:15 in the Class of ’78 Pavilion, in the Kislak Center for Special Collections on the 6th floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library.

Jeff writes:

“What would the history of literature look like if it were calibrated to text management and use rather than to politico-cultural periods (medieval, Renaissance) or technocultural  abstractions (manuscript culture, print culture), which are increasingly under critique? This workshop will explore early patterns of library and book formation as a way to think through the temporal category of “the premodern” in recent literary historiography. It will focus ultimately on a *Sammelband* at the British Library that brings together in an early vellum binding Christopher Marlowe’s great unfinished work of erotic classicism, *Hero and Leander* (1598), and Francis Sabie’s *Fisher-Mans Tale* (1595), a generic mix of pastoral, sixteenth-century euphuism, and the “Patient Grissel” story whose lineage in English stretches back to Chaucer.”

Jeff Knight is Assistant Professor of English and Co-director of the Textual Studies Program at the University of Washington. His first book,*Bound to Read: Compilations, Collections, and the Making of Renaissance Literature* was published last spring by Penn Press. Current projects include articles on early library catalogs and the prehistory of English literature, the death and life of bibliography in U.S. higher education, and a book on American entrepreneur-collectors and the transatlantic history of the humanities library.*

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