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[BKARTS] Brownell Lecture on the History of the Book

University of Iowa Center for the Book
Brownell Lecture on the History of the Book:

Margaret J. M. Ezell
"Performance Texts:  Publishing Prophets in the Interregnum"

Thursday, October 12, 2006, 8 pm
Gerber Lounge, 304 English and Philosophy Building
Iowa City, IA 52240
Reception to follow

Margaret Ezell's talk will consider the connections between reading and
public performance in seventeenth-century England, and the relations
between handwritten documents and spiritual communication in the world
of early modern publication. Her test case for this consideration will
be the radical prophets of 1650s England, figures such as Arise Evans,
Anna Trapnel, and Abiezer Coppe. Ezell's study of their performances
helps enrich central concepts in book history such as orality,
publishing, and printedness, while shedding new light on early modern
England's religious politics.

Margaret J. M. Ezell is John Paul Abbott Professor of Liberal Arts at
Texas A & M University. She is the author of The Patriarch's Wife:
Literary Evidence and the History of the Family, Writing Women's
Literary History, and Social Authorship and the Advent of Print. She has
edited The Poems and Prose of Mary, Lady Chudleigh and the essay volume
Cultural Artifacts and the Production of Meaning.

Amy Hutchinson
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Center for the Book
University of Iowa
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Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-0447

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