Textual Studies

More information about Textual Studies at the University of Washington is available at the Textual Studies Program page. 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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Language Lecturer, New York University Shanghai
Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Professor and Chair of Department of English, Professor of Comparative Literature
Associate Professor of French
Professor of Comparative Literature and English
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Events

2018

Title Date Time Location
Material Texts Colloquium:on memory and forgetting in Don Quixote
Roger Chartier (Penn)
Mar 29 3:30pm HUB 340
Material Texts Colloquium:on bookmaking after Adobe
Matthew Kirschnbaum (Maryland)
Feb 22 3:30pm HUB 145
Material Texts Colloquium: on book markets in 17th-century France
Christophe Schuwey (Fribourg)
Jan 22 12:00pm Communications 202

2017

Title Date Time Location
Material Texts Colloquium: on imitability and the Mughal album
Yael Rice (Amherst)
Nov 6 4:00pm Art 317
Material Texts Colloquium:on transnational print and fixed verse form
Linda K. Hughes (Texas Christian U)
Oct 30 3:30pm Communications 202
Material Texts Colloquium: on the library and the Kelmscott Press
Yuri Cowan (NTNU, Norway)
Oct 16 3:30pm Communications 202
"The Preparation of the Victorian Novel and the Preparation of the Topic Model."
Professor Rachel Sagner Buurma, Swarthmore College
Apr 27 3:30pm Petersen Room, Allen Library
Awadh as World Literature
Professor Freancesca Orsini (SOAS University of London)
Apr 20 4:00pm Allen Auditorium
"Eco-Philology: Literary Studies in a Collapsing World."
Eric Gidal
Jan 11 3:30pm CMU 202

2016

Title Date Time Location
Histories and Futures of Publication: On Boccaccio editing Dante
Michael Papio (UMass Amherst)
May 12 3:30pm Communications 202
Histories and Futures of Publication: On medieval books and their afterlives
Siân Echard (UBC) and Alexandra Gillespie (Toronto)
May 6 3:30pm Communications 202
Histories and Futures of Publication: On poetry and its publics
Virginia Jackson (UC Irvine) and Yopie Prins (Michigan)
Feb 29 3:30pm Communications 202
Histories and Futures of Publication: On meaning and material form
Bonnie Mak (Illinois & Penn State)
Feb 3 3:30pm Communications 202
Histories and Futures of Publication: On disassembling the book
Deidre Lynch (Harvard)
Jan 20 3:30pm HUB 145

2015

Title Date Time Location
Histories and Futures of Publication: On news and the public sphere
Jacob Soll (History and Accounting, USC)
Dec 10 3:30pm Communications 120
Histories and Futures of Publication: On how the novel got great
Elaine Freedgood (NYU)
Nov 2 3:30pm HUB 340
The Birth of Italics
Randall McLeod (University of Toronto)
Oct 27 5:30pm Allen Auditorium
Histories & Futures of Reading: On digital approaches to literary history
Modern Language Quarterly Conference
May 15 to May 16 TBA
Histories and Futures of Reading: On girl zine networks
Janice Radway (Northwestern)
May 14 3:30pm HUB 145
Histories & Futures of Reading: On small data and the novel
Nicholas Paige (Berkeley)
Apr 20 4:00pm Communications 202
Histories & Futures of Reading: On reading culture in the making
Priya Joshi (Temple)
Feb 26 3:30pm HUB 145
Histories & Futures of Reading: On the new republic of letters
Jerome McGann (Virginia)
Jan 29 4:00pm HUB 145
Histories & Futures of Reading: On immersing networks in time
Christina Lupton (Warwick)
Jan 14 4:00pm Communications 202

2014

Title Date Time Location
Histories & Futures of Reading: On book traces in the stacks
Andrew Stauffer (Virginia)
Nov 21 3:30pm HUB 340
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 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