The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP) will sponsor four panels at the Renaissance Society of America's annual meeting Washington, D.C., 22-24 March 2012.
Organized by Steven W. May, Anne Lake Prescott and Michael Ullyot, SHARP @ RSA links the RSA with scholars studying the creation, dissemination, and reception of script and print.
We invite submissions that consider English and Continental books and manuscripts from 1350 to 1700, within one or more of these four topics:
1. WHEN READERS WRITE: What led manuscript anthologists to copy the texts they did? An enormous volume of transcribed works in prose and verse circulated widely in early modern England and the Continent. What can we learn about contemporary interests and taste from the choices reflected in a given document or documents?
2. DRESSING GENDER IN PRINT: How did printers or editors exploit the gender of an author on their title pages or paratexts? Did they often (or ever) in fact treat male and female writers differently?
3. MANICULES AND THE 'DIGITAL' HUMANITIES: What are digital humanists doing now with early modern books and manuscripts? Ann M Blair recently argued that medieval and early modern systems of "managing textual information in an era of exploding publications" are precedents for modern information management systems. Do early reference books, annotations and compilations inform, anticipate, or otherwise influence our computer-assisted thinking?
4. THE INTERSECTION OF MANUSCRIPT AND PRINT: It has become increasingly clear that scribal and print culture were complexly intertwined during the Renaissance. What do we learn about the transmission of texts and contemporary regard for both media from works that appeared in both and authors who published in script and print?
For more information on the Renaissance Society of America, see < http://rsa.org/
>. All participants must be members of the RSA by August 2012 or they cannot be included in the programme.