Textual Studies

Graduate students enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Washington may pursue the Textual Studies Degree Track.  We do not currently offer a textual studies major or minor for undergraduates.

Textual Studies includes many disciplines in its investigation, study, and practice. They range from the study of alphabets and handwriting styles to the composition and compilation of manuscripts and books; from the principles of textual editing to the techniques of manuscript preservation; from the technology of papyrus production to that of modern computing; from regional practices in oral composition to features of page layout and the use of SGML mark-up of texts for electronic storage, retrieval, manipulation, and display.  Coordinated study of these and related topics provides the foundation for professional, multidisciplinary study of literary, historical, artistic, legal, and scientific texts.

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Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Professor of Comparative Literature and English, Chair of Comparative Literature
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Events

2014

Title Date Time Meeting Location
Histories and Futures of the Book: "Life Sentences: Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading"
Megan Sweeney (English and Afroamerican & African Studies, Michigan)
May 20 4:30pm Communications 120
Histories and Futures of the Book: "In the Workshop of the Mind: Collaborative Relationships in Early Modern Europe"
Ann Blair (History, Harvard University)
May 14 4:00pm Communications 120
Histories and Futures of the Book Lecture Series: "Racial and Textual Publics" 
George Bornstein (English, University of Michigan), Matt Cohen (English, University of Texas), Geroge Hutchinson (English, Cornell University)
Mar 21 4:45pm HUB 145
Histories and Futures of the Book Lecture Series: "The History of Philology and the Practice of Philology"
Sheldon Pollock (South Asian Studies, Columbia University)
Mar 21 1:00pm HUB Lyceum
Histories and Futures of the Book Lecture Series: "Rule-bound and Unruly: Ephemeral Documents and Conditional Texts"
Johanna Drucker (Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles)
Mar 20 6:30pm Kane Hall Room 210
Society for Textual Scholarship Annual Meeting Mar 20 to Mar 22 Various locations around campus
Histories and Futures of the Book Lecture Series: "Latent Adjacencies in Manuscript and Digital Technologies"
Elaine Treharne (English, Stanford University)
Mar 13 4:30pm Yukon Pacific Room, UW Club
Histories and Futures of the Book Lecture Series: "Reading's Refrain: From Bibliographic to Topological Reading"
Andrew Piper (German and European Literature, McGill University)
Mar 11 4:30pm Yuko Pacific Room, UW Club
Histories and Futures of the Book Lecture Series:"Literary History, Book History, and Media Studies"
Meredith McGill (English, Rutgers University)
Jan 16 4:00pm Communications 120

2013

Title Date Time Meeting Location
Histories and Futures of the Book: On reading after paper
Leah Price (Harvard)
Dec 2 4:00pm Husky Union Building 145
Histories and Futures of the Book: On print modernity in colonial India
Ulrike Stark (Chicago)
Nov 15 3:30pm Allen Auditorium, Allen Library
Histories and Futures of the Book: On "leaks" and the ideology of the cloud
Tung-Hui Hu (Michigan)
Oct 3 4:30pm Allen Auditorium, Allen Library
Application Deadline: Textual Studies Program Graduate Student Research Awards for 2013 Mar 14
Histories and Futures of the Book: On network analysis and literary history
Andre Piper (McGill)
Mar 11 4:30pm Yukon Pacific Room, UW Club