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2003 Summer Seminar Sylabus

"Reading and Everyday Life: Books, Texts, Histories"
Sunday, June 15-Friday, June 20, 2003

SEMINAR LEADERS:

  • Barbara Hochman (Foreign Literatures, Ben Gurion University of the Negev)
  • David Stewart (English, National Central University, Taiwan)

 

PRIMARY READING

Participants should read and be familiar with our two primary texts, Uncle Tom's Cabin (Norton) and My Life; or, The Adventures of George Thompson (University of Massachusetts Press). These will serve as the bases for discussions throughout the seminar. Other readings are listed below. Those marked with dark bullets () are required and can be found in your seminar copy pack, with the exception of Jane Tompkins essay Sentimental Power, which is included in your edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Recommended readings, marked with light bullets (), are FYI and are neither required nor included in your seminar materials.

BACKGROUND READING

These are not required readings, but we suggest that if you are unfamiliar with antebellum labor history (Voss), social history (Coontz), or history of reading (Kaestle), you will want to have a look them. They are not included in your packet.
Kim Voss, The Making of American Exceptionalism, Ch. 1 & 2 (Cornell University Press, 1994)
Stephanie Coontz, The Social Origins of Private Life, Ch. 4, 5, & 6 (Verso Books, 1988)
Carl Kaestle, "The History of Readers," Ch. 2 of Literacy in the United States, (Hill & Wang Pub., 1983)

SUNDAY, JUNE 15TH

2:00-4:00 p.m. Registration

4:00-6:00 p.m. Welcome and Introductions, Antiquarian Hall (AH)

  • Exhibition of books and dissertations in American book history researched at AAS, Joanne Chaison, AAS research librarian

6:00 p.m. Reception and Dinner, Goddard Daniels House (GDH)

MONDAY JUNE 16TH

9:00-10:30 READING HISTORY (GDH)
  • Robert Darnton, First Steps Toward a History of Reading from The Kiss of Lamourette (W.W. Norton & Co., 1990)
  • Roger Chartier, "Texts, Printings, Readings" from The New Cultural History, ed. Lynn Hunt (University of California Press, 1989)
  • Elizabeth Long, "Textual Interpretation as Collective Action" from The Ethnography of Reading, ed. Jonathan Boyarin (University of California Press, 1993)
10:30-10:45 BREAK

10:45-12:15 PRESCRIPTIONS FOR READING (GDH)

  • Henry Ward Beecher, The Strange Woman from Lectures to Young Men (John P. Jewett & Co., 1846)
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe, Introductory Essay from Charles Beecher's The Incarnation (Harper and Brothers, 1849)
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe, Introductory Essay from Charles Beecher's The Incarnation (Harper and Brothers, 1849)
  • Recommended: Joan Hedrick, Nutplains and Litchfield from Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life (Oxford University Press, 1994)
12:15-1:15 LUNCH (GDH)

1:15-2:30 MARY KELLEY: READING HISTORY/ WOMEN'S HISTORY (GDH)

  • Ann Douglas, The Legacy of American Victorianism: The Meaning of Little Eva from The Feminization of American Culture (Alfred A. Knopf, 1977)
  • Ann Douglas, The Legacy of American Victorianism: The Meaning of Little Eva from The Feminization of American Culture (Alfred A. Knopf, 1977)
  • Mary Kelley, "Reading Women/Women Reading: The Making of Learned Women in Antebellum America," Journal of American History (September 1996)
  • Recommended: Richard D. Brown, "Daughters, Wives, Mothers: Domestic Roles and the Mastery of Affective Information, 1765-1865" from Knowledge is Power (Oxford University Press, 1991)
2:30-2:45 BREAK

2:45-4:00 MARY KELLEY (GDH)

  • Paper Presentation: Feeling Right: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and the Power of Sympathy
4:15-5:00 PRESENTATION (COUNCIL ROOM CR)

  • Georgia B. Barnhill, AAS Curator of Graphic Arts, Printmaking Processes for Book Illustration.

TUESDAY JUNE 17TH

9:00-10:15 SERIAL READING (GDH)
  • Susan Belasco Smith, "Serialization and the Nature of Uncle Tom's Cabin" from Belasco Smith and Kenneth Price, Periodical Literature in Nineteenth-Century America (University Press of Virginia, 1995)
  • Margaret Beetham, "Toward a Theory of the Periodical as a Publishing Genre" from Investigating Victorian Journalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 1990)
  • Recommended: Michael Winship, "The Greatest Book of its Kind: A Publishing History of Uncle Tom's Cabin," Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society 109.2 (1999)
10:15-10:30 BREAK

10:30-12:30 WORKSHOP: UNCLE TOM AND THE PERIODICAL PRESS (CR)

  • National Era, The Liberator, Frederick Douglass' Newspaper, National Anti-Slavery Standard, Godey's Ladies Book

12:30-1:30 LUNCH (GDH)

1:30-2:45 TEXTS AND PICTURES (GDH)

  • W.J.T. Mitchell, The Pictorial Turn from Picture Theory (University of Chicago Press, 1994)
  • Barbara Hochman, Visual Power and Uncle Tom's Cabin 1850/1890: Illustrations in History (work-in-progress)
  • Karen Sanchez-Eppler, from Touching Liberty: Abolition, Feminism, and the Body, pp 6-7 (University of California Press, 1993)
  • Recommended: Marcus Wood, Beyond the Cover: Uncle Tom's Cabin and Slavery as Global Entertainment from Blind Memory: Visual Representations of Slavery in England and America: 1780-1865 (Routledge, 2000)
2:45-3:00 BREAK

3:00-5:00 WORKSHOP: ILLUSTRATING UNCLE TOM'S CABIN (CR)

  • First edition (Jewett, 1852); six illustrations by Hammat Billings and advertisements. Gift edition (Jewett, 1853); one hundred illustrations by Billings. English edition with illustrations by George Cruikshank. Editions of the 1890s (Houghton Mifflin, 1892, 1896). Illustrations by E. W. Kemble.
  • Also: Godey's Ladies Book, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Harper's Monthly, Primers, Children's adaptations of Uncle Tom's Cabin
7:30-9:00 EVENING ROUNDTABLE ON TEACHING ABROAD, with drinks and snacks (GDH)

WEDNESDAY JUNE 18TH

9:00-10:30 THE ETHICS OF ADVOCACY (GDH)
  • Wendell Phillips, "Public Opinion" (1852) and excerpt from "Philosophy of the Abolition Movement" (1853) from Speeches, Lectures, and Letters (James Redpath, 1863)
  • Ann Douglas, "The Legacy of American Victorianism: The Meaning of Little Eva" (from Monday P.M.)
  • Lauren Berlant, "Poor Eliza" American Literature 70 (1998)
  • Recommended: Marianne Noble, The Ecstasies of Sentimental Wounding in Uncle Tom's Cabin from The Masochistic Pleasures of Sentimental Literature (Princeton University Press, 2000)
  • Recommended: Jane Tompkins "The Other American Renaissance" from Sensational Designs (Oxford University Press, 1985)

10:30-10:45 BREAK

10:45-12:15 MODELS OF EVIDENCE (GDH)

  • Jürgen Habermas "The Public Sphere: The Encyclopedia Article" New German Critique 1:3 (Telos Press, Ltd., 1974)
  • Carlo Ginzburg "Clues: Roots of an Evidentiary Paradigm" and "The Inquisitor as Anthropologist" from Clues, Myths, and Historical Method (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989)
  • Recommended: Lynn Hunt History Beyond Social Theory" from The States of "Theory" ed. David Carroll (Columbia University Press, 1990)

12:15-1:00 LUNCH (GDH)

1:05-1:15 GROUP PHOTOGRAPH (AH)

1:15-2:30 ROBERT GROSS: THE JOURNAL OF EDWARD JENNER CARPENTER (CR)

  • "Journal of Edward Jenner Carpenter," Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society 98 (1988)
  • Richard Brown, "Choosing One's Fare: Northern Men in the 1840s" from Knowledge is Power (Oxford University Press, 1989)
  • Robert Gross, "The History of the Book: Research Trends and Source Materials" from The Book (November 1993)
  • Recommended: Soltow and Stevens "An Ideology of Literacy and the Spread of Reading Materials" from The Rise of Literacy and the Common Schools in the United States (University of Chicago Press, 1981)

2:30-2:45 BREAK

2:45-5:00 WORKSHOP: EDWARD JENNER CARPENTERS READING (CR)

5:15-6:00 CONVERSATION with Albert Greco, optional. (GDH)

THURSDAY JUNE 19TH

9:00-10:30 THE ADVENTURES OF GEORGE THOMPSON: RECREATING MEN (GDH)
  • Richard Brodhead, "Sparing the Rod" from Cultures of Letters (University of Chicago Press, 1993)
  • Michael Warner, "Franklin: The Representational Politics of the Man of Letters" from Letters of the Republic (Harvard Universtiy Press, 1990)
  • "The Doings of a Rum Shop" from the Hampden Washingtonian (1843)
  • Images of Drunkards
  • Recommended: Glenn Hendler Sentimental Experience: White Manhood in 1840s Temperance Narratives from Public Sentiments (University of North Carolina Press, 2001)

10:30-10:45 BREAK

10:45-12:15 THE ADVENTURES OF GEORGE THOMPSON: RECREATING FRANKLIN (GDH)

  • Andrew Ross, "No Respect: An Introduction" from No Respect (Routledge, 1989)
  • Eric Lott, "Genuine Negro Fun" from Love and Theft (Oxford University Press, 1993)
  • Carlo Ginzburg, "The Inquisitor as Anthropologist" (from Wednesday A.M.)
  • Recommended: "Michel de Certeau, Reading as Poaching" from The Practice of Everyday Life (University of California Press, 1984)

12:15-1:15 LUNCH (GDH)

1:15-2:45 CLASS, CRIME, AND CITIES (GDH)

  • George Thompson, "The Housebreaker; or, the Mysteries of Crime"
  • Karen Halttunen, "The Era of the Confidence Man" from Confidence Men/Painted Women (Yale University Press, 1982)
  • Roger Lane, "Conclusion" from Violent Death in the City (Harvard University Press, 1979)
  • Henry Ward Beecher, "The Strange Woman" from Lectures to Young Men (from Monday A.M.)
  • Images of Mose and the B'hoys
  • Recommended: Chris Looby, "George Thompson's 'Romance of the Real'" American Literature 65 (1993)

2:45-3:15 BREAK

3:15-5:00 SEX AND THE SINGLE READER (GDH)

  • George Thompson, "The Housebreaker; or, the Mysteries of Crime" (continued from 1:15 p.m. session)
  • T. Walter Herbert, "The Erotics of Purity" Representations 36 (University of California Press, 1991)
  • Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, "Davy Crockett as Trickster: Pornography, Liminality, and Symbolic Inversion in Victorian America" from Disorderly Conduct (Alfred A. Knopf, 1985)
  • Recommended: G. J. Barker-Benfield, The Horrors of the Half-Known Life: Male Attitudes Toward Women and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century America (HarperCollins, 1976)
  • Recommended: Karen Lystra, Searching the Heart: Men, Women, and Romantic Love in Nineteenth-Century America (Oxford University Press, 1989)

6:00 p.m. DINNER at the home of John and Lea Hench

FRIDAY JUNE 20TH

9:00-10:30 THREE PROJECTS (GDH)

  • 3 presentations by seminar participants

10:30-10:45 BREAK

10:45-12:15 INTERDISCIPLINARITY (GDH)

  • David Stewart Reading the Republic: Interdisciplinarity on the Barricades from Connecticut History 40 (Spring 2001)

12:15-1:15 LUNCH AND GOODBYE (GDH)

 

 


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