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SHARP Panels at AHA and MLA



                                        Date:     25-Nov-1996 09:35pm EDT
                                        From:     Rose, Jonathan
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Subject: SHARP Panels at AHA and MLA

                        SHARP PANELS AT AHA AND MLA

        The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing
will be sponsoring several panels at the upcoming American Historical
Association conference in New York City and the Modern Language Association
convention in Washington.  The four SHARP sessions at the AHA include one
that will revisit Elizabeth Eisenstein's "The Printing Press as an Agent
of Change," with a commentary by Prof. Eisenstein herself:

        SUBVERSIVE LITERATURE: CENSORSHIP AND MEANING (3 January,
9:30-11:30 am, Sheraton: Carnegie Room 2)
        Chair: Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal, Fordham University
        "Fires of Expiation: Book-Burnings and Cultural Politics in Early
Nineteenth-Century France," Martyn Lyons, University of New South Wales
        "Text Makers, Meaning Makers: The Construction of News for the
Masses in Nineteenth-Century Paris," Thomas Cragin, University of Scranton
        "Censorship and the Reading Community: Lady Chatterley Meets the
Authorities," Priscilla Coit Murphy, University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill
        Comment: Margaret A. Blanchard, University of North carolina at
Chapel Hill

        THE PRINTING PRESS AS AN AGENT OF CHANGE OUTSIDE EUROPE (4
January, 9:30-11:30 am, Sheraton: New York Ballroom A)
        Chair: Jonathan Rose, Drew University
        "Agent of Change or Trusted Servant: The Eighteenth-Century
Williamsburg Press," Susan Berg, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Library
        "From Xylography to Typography: The Printing Press as an Agent of
Change in Japan, 1850-1900," Giles Richter, Columbia University
        "The Coming of Print to Egypt in the Late Nineteenth Century and
Its Impact," Roberta L. Dougherty, University of Pennsylvania Library
        Comment: Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, University of Michigan (emerita)

        THE AMERICAN COMMON READER: FROM LITTLE EVA TO MISS SEPTEMBER
(4 January, 2:30-4:30 pm, Sheraton: Carnegie Room 1)
        Chair: Patrick Leary, Indiana University
        "Approaches to the History of Reading: Responses from Antebellum
New England," Ronald J. Zboray, Georgia State University, and Mary
Saracino Zboray, Atlanta, Georgia
        "Selling the American Common Reader on the Modern American Novel:
John Dos Passos and Gertrude Stein at Harcourt Brace," Catherine Turner,
University of Texas at Austin
        "Reading Consumer Culture, Reading *Playboy*, Jesse Berrett,
University of California at Berkeley
        Comment: E. Jennifer Monaghan, Brooklyn College, CUNY

        PERIODICALS AND THE POLITICS OF INTELLECTUAL AUTHORITY (5 January,
8:30-10:30 am, Sheraton: Carnegie Room 1)
        Chair: Linda E. Connors, Drew University Library
        "Authority and Trust in the Early History of Academic Peer
Review," Harold S. Stone, American University in Cairo
        "Purifying Nietzsche in France: Reading Strategies of the NRF
Group," Christopher E. Forth, University of Memphis
        "The American Historical Review 1895-1995: A Bibliometric
Analysis," Thomas D. Walker, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
        Comment: James Smith Allen, Southern Illinois University

        At the same conference, SHARP is also co-sponsoring a session with
the American Society of Church History:

        CREATING COMMUNITIES OF BELIEVERS: TOWARD THE HISTORY OF THE
RELIGIOUS BOOK (5 January, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, Sheraton: Empire Room 3)
        Chair: Jonathan Rose, Drew University
        "Religious Publishing and the Rise of the Unitarian Controversy,
1805-1835," Leon Jackson. Ferris State University
        "Religious Narratives: Creating a Democratic Print Culture,
1790-1835," Cathleen McDonnell Schultz, College of St. Francis
        "Lodestones of Metaphysics: Anglo-American Publishing and the
Construction of Popular Occultism 1800-1920," Bradford Verter, Princeton
University
        Comment: David D. Hall, Harvard Divinity School

        These sessions are open to the general public: you need not be a
member of SHARP to attend.  If you only plan to attend these SHARP
sessions, registration for the AHA conference is not mandatory: it is, of
course, required if you attend other AHA functions.

        SHARP will also sponsor two special sessions at this year's Modern
Language Association convention in Washington, DC:

        REACHING OUT TO READERS: BOOK DISTRIBUTION IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY
AMERICA (27 December, 9:00-10:15 pm, Sheraton Washington: Eisenhower Room)
        Session leader: Jeffrey D. Groves, Harvey Mudd College
        "Forgotten Readers: Marketing Books and Reading in Antebellum
African-American Contexts," Elizabeth McHenry, University of Texas at
Austin
        "`A Dream That Went by Contraries': Charles Chesnitt's Divided
Audience," Robert M. Myers, University of Texas at Tyler
        "Trilby: Illustrations Create a Fad," Emily Jenkins, Columbia
University

        IN SEARCH OF THE HISTORICAL READER (28 December, 1:45-3:00 pm,
Sheraton Washington, Virginia Suite A)
        Session leader: Leon Jackson, Michigan State University
        "The Reader Retailored: Reconstructing Carlyle's Historical
Audiences," Leon Jackson, Michigan State University
        "Virgil and the Myth of Venice: A Study in Renaissance
Readership," Craig Kallendorf, Texas A&M University
        "Virtual Communities: Readers' Networks in Late Nineteenth-Century
Japan," Giles Richter, Columbia University
        "Moving Readings: Early Train Travel in France and the
Bibliotheque des Chemins de fer," Mark Wolff, University of Chicago

        SHARP is already seeking papers for the next American Historical
Association convention, which will meet 8-11 January in Seattle.  Please
send proposals by 1 March 1997 to F. J. Levy, History Department, Box
353560, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98105,
flevy@u.washington.edu.
        We are also organizing panels for the next Modern Language
Association convention, which will meet in Toronto in late December 1997.
All panelists must be or become members of both SHARP and MLA.  Please
contact Michael Winship, Department of English, University of Texas,
Austin, TX 78712, bal@ccwf.cc.utexas.edu, by 1 December 1996.


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