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[BKARTS] Update-"Birth of the Bestseller: The 19th Century Book in Britain, France and Beyond



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> From: Mark Samuels Lasner <marksl@xxxxxxxx>
> Date: August 1, 2006 8:02:06 AM EDT
> To: Exlibris <EXLIBRIS@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: Update-"Birth of the Bestseller: The 19th Century Book in 
> Britain, France and Beyond"
>
> UPDATE
>
> â??Birth of the Bestseller: The 19th Century Book in Britain, France, 
> and Beyondâ??
>
> The Bibliographical Society of America invites proposals for papers to 
> be delivered at â??Birth of the Bestseller: The 19th Century Book in 
> Britain, France, and Beyond,â?? a conference on book history to be held 
> in New York on 29-31 March 2007.
>
> The nineteenth century saw enormous changes in the world of books. The 
> rise of a mass readership, the invention of machine-driven 
> technologies, new reproduction methods, and an astonishing variation 
> in literature, authorship, publishing, periodicals, printing, 
> typography, illustration, marketing, taste, and design contributed to 
> an era of intense complexity and development. Yet, despite growing 
> interest over the decades, some aspects of the period remain largely 
> unstudied. This conference, to take place at three prestigious venues, 
> will focus on the physical book in nineteenth century Britain, France, 
> the United States, or elsewhere.
> 	
> The conference topic and location are occasioned by concurrent 
> exhibitions at the Grolier Club (â??Lucien and Esther Pissarroâ??s Eragny 
> Pressâ??), the Morgan Library & Museum (â??Victorian Best-sellersâ??), and 
> the Fales Library, New York University (â??Nothing New: The Persistence 
> of the Bestsellerâ??). Related exhibitions and events will be held 
> during Spring 2007 at the Bard Graduate Center and the New York Public 
> Library.
>
> Plenary speakers for the conference:
>
> Petra T. Chu,  Professor of Art History and Director, MA Program of 
> Museum Professions, Seton Hall University
> Marie E. Corey, Librarian, Robertson Davies Library, Massey College in 
> the University of Toronto
> Margaret D. Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies 
> and Professor of Humanities, University of Delaware
> John Sutherland, Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English 
> Literature, University College London
> Michael Winship, Professor of English, University of Texas at Austin
>
> Subjects for proposals may include, but are not limited to:
>
> --	production, publication, circulation, and marketing of bestsellers 
> (not limited to fiction)
> --	genres and formats specific to or developed in, the nineteenth 
> century, such as books in â??parts,â?? the three-volume novel, 
> yellowbacks, penny dreadfuls, cheap reprints and original series, 
> editions de luxe, private press books, illustrated books and 
> magazines, photographically-illustrated books
> --	development of a mass reading public, the rise of periodicals
> --	new publishing and marketing strategies
> --	international production and markets across the Channel and the 
> oceans through communication, travel, and shipping
> --	changes in production technologyâ??including printing, typography, 
> papermaking, bookbinding, and reproductive methodsâ??and the impact on 
> content, the publishing and printing industry, and the economics of 
> bookmaking
> --	illustration for popular and elite audiences
> --	authors and authorship, illustrators, publishers, designers, 
> agents, and printers, their roles, their relations, the rise of 
> celebrity status
> --	book collecting, bibliophily, the rise of bibliographical studies
> --	copyright and piracy
> --	Arts and Crafts reaction against industrial book design, private 
> presses, limited editions
> --	implications for research on print culture and publishing history
>
> Abstracts (one page maximum) for 20 minute papers, together with a 
> curriculum vitae or resume, must be received by the conference 
> committee by 1 September 2006. Proposals may be sent via e-mail or 
> regular mail to the Chair of the committee:
>
> Mark Samuels Lasner
> Senior Research Fellow
> University of Delaware Library
> 181 South College Avenue
> Newark, DE 19717
> marksl@xxxxxxxx
>
> â??Birth of the Bestsellerâ??is organized by the Bibliographical Society 
> of America and is co-sponsored by the Grolier Club, the Morgan Library 
> & Museum, and the Fales Library, New York University. Supported in 
> part by the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of 
> the National Endowment for the Humanities.
>
> For further information, go to: http://www.bibsocamer.org.
>
> Mark Samuels Lasner
> Senior Research Fellow
> University of Delaware Library
> 181 South College Avenue
> Newark, DE 19717
> Tel (302) 831-3250
> marksl@xxxxxxxx
> biblio@xxxxxxx
>
>

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