“Literature and Copyright” Seminar Series
University of London, Senate House
The organisers are delighted to announce a new series of Open University Book History Research Group seminars, organised in conjunction with the Institute of English Studies, and to be held at Senate House, University of London, between January and May 2017.
The theme of this season’s series is: “Literature and Copyright,” and the series will commence on Monday, 30 January 2017, 5.30-7.30 pm, with a talk by William St Clair (Institute of English Studies) in Room 104, Senate House:
“The viewing nation in the British romantic period”
William St Clair will discuss how in the late eighteenth/early nineteenth century, a sense of the imagined community of “nation” was carried to readers by illustrations in books. He will show, with quantification, how the political economy structures of copyright and technology, new and unique to that age, enabled huge new constituencies to imagine the “nation” both topographically and as a cultural entity existing across time. Besides images in PowerPoint, participants will be able to see examples of the actual materiality.
Further seminars in the series will take place on: 20 February (Edmund G. C. King, The Open University), 6 March (Lise Jaillant, Loughborough University), 13 March (Abigail Williams, University of Oxford), 3 April (Will Slauter, University of Paris-Diderot), 8 May (Lawrence Warner, KCL), 15 May (Jonathan Gibson, The Open University), and 22 May (Ian Gadd, Bath Spa University). Details of all of these talks will be released soon. All are welcome to attend. All seminars will take place between 5.30-7.30 pm at Senate House, University of London.