2004 Summer Seminar Sylabus
"Enriching American Studies Scholarship
through the History of the
Sunday, June 20, through Friday, June 25, 2004
Philip F. Gura
Department of English
University of North Carolina at Chapel
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520
June 20 (Sunday)
Session I. Welcome and Introductions, Antiquarian
Philip F. Gura and Joanne Chaison
Exhibition of books and dissertations
book history researched at AAS, Joanne Chaison, AAS research
||Reception and Dinner, Goddard Daniels House (GDH)
June 21 (Monday)
Session II. History of the Book: What It Is, How One
It (introduction and autobiographical rumination) (GURA)
Readings: Robert Darnton, "What is the History of Books" in
ed., Reading in America (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP,
David D. Hall, "On Native Ground: From the History of Printing to
History of the Book," Proceedings of the American
Society 93 (1983), 313-36; reprinted in Hall, Cultures of
Essays in the History of the Book (Amherst: Univ. of
Press, 1996), 15-35; and Robert Gross, "Texts for the Times," in
et. al., eds., Perspectives on American Book History
Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 2002), 1-16.
Session III. History of the Book: Introduction
Resources for the Study of American Book
Print and Manuscript (JOANNE CHAISON and THOMAS KNOLES) (COUNCIL
Reading: Joanne Chaison, "Resources for Studying American Book
in Casper et. al., eds., Perspectives on American Book
|| Lunch (GDH)
Session IV. The Materiality of Texts (JAMES
Readings: Philip Gaskell, A New Introduction to
New Castle, Del: Oak Knoll Press, 2000).
Readings: pp. 5-8, 40-43, 57-60, 78-84; figs. 46, 47, 50, 55, 59;
142-63, 189-90, 201-06, 231-34, 266-73.
Recommended: Skim other parts of the book, as time permits.
Session V. The Materiality of Texts (cont'd)
June 22 (Tuesday)
Session VI. Practicum: History of the Book and the
of American Religion: The Great Awakening as a Textual Event
Readings: Patricia Crain, "Print and Everyday Life in the
Century," in Casper, et. al., eds., Perspectives on American
47-78; Frank Lambert, "Commercial Strategies" in "Pedlar in
George Whitefield and the Transatlantic Revivals (Princeton:
Univ. Press, 1994), 52-94; and Frank Lambert, "The First Fruits"
the "Great Awakening" (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press,
Recommended: Harry S. Stout, "Religion, Communications, and the
Origins of the American Revolution," William and Mary
34: 4, 319-41; Jon Butler, "Enthusiasm Described and Decried,"
of American History 69: 305-25.
Session VII. History of Religion: Hands-On, and Needs
Opportunities (GURA) (COUNCIL ROOM)
The Textual History of Edwards's Faithful Narrative.
Orality vs. Print: Sinners in the Hands of An Angry
The 19th Century Invention of Edwards: The American
Recommended: Joseph Conforti, "The Second Great Awakening and the
Revival of Edwards," in Jonathan Edwards, Religious Tradition,
American Culture (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press,
|| Lunch (GDH)
Session VIII. Practicum:
Technologies: Photography and the Book (GURA) (GDH)
Readings: Alan Trachtenberg, "Prologue," in Reading American
(New York: Hill & Wang, 1989), 3-20; Susan Williams, "The
Daguerreotype: The Narrative of Early Photography," in Williams,
Images (Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1997),
Williams, "Manufacturing Intellectual Equipment: The Tauchnitz
of The Marble Faun," in Michele Moylan and Lane Stiles,
Books (Amherst: Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 1996),
Session IX. Hands-On: Photography and the Book
BARNHILL) (COUNCIL ROOM)
Readings: Alan Fern, "John Plumbe and the 'Plumbeotype,'"
Printmaking. American Prints Before 1860, Robert F. Looney,
Chester, Penn.: Tinicum Press, 1976), 149-64; William F. Stapp,
and Work of Francis D.Avignon," American Portrait Prints,
Wick Reaves, ed. (Washington: National Portrait Gallery, 1984),
daguerreotype and engraving (frontispieces, city views)
Hawthorne's The Marble Faun
June 23 (Wednesday)
Session X. Practicum: History of the Book and
American Literature (GURA) (GDH)
Readings: Susan S. Williams, "Publishing an Emergent 'American'
in Casper et. al., eds., Perspectives on American Book
165-94; David S. Reynolds, "The American Writers and Their
and "Reconstructive Criticism: Literary Theory and Literary
in Beneath the American Renaissance (New York: Knopf,
Recommended: Jane Tompkins, "The Other American Renaissance," in
Designs (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1985) 147-85; Susan K.
"But Is It Any Good: Evaluating Nineteenth-Century Women's
Literature 63: 1, 43-61.
Session XI. Hands-On: Sentiment and Sensation in
(GURA) (COUNCIL ROOM)
Sentiment: Fanny Fern (various editions of Fern Leaves and
Sensation: George Thompson (examples of his work)
Readings: Susan Belasco Smith, "Introduction," Fanny Fern,
(NY: Penguin, 1997), xv-xlvii; David S. Reynolds, .Introduction,.
Thompson, Venus in Boston (Amherst: Univ. of Massachusetts
Recommended: Lauren Berlant, "The Female Woman: Fanny Fern and
of Sentiment," in Shirley Samuels, ed., Culture of
York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1992), 265-82; Christopher Looby,
.Romance of the Real,.. American Literature 65: 4 (1993),
||Group Photograph (location to be announced)
Session XII. Practicum: Canon Revision and the Example of
(ELIZA RICHARDS) (GDH)
.The Poet.: Edgar Allan Poe (selected poems)
.The Poetess.: Frances Sargent Osgood (selected poems)
_________: Critical Works:
Meredith McGill, Chapter Four (.Unauthorized Poe.) from
and the Culture of Reprinting, 1834-1853 (Philadelphia:
of Pennsylvania Press, 2003), 141-86; also notes from pages
Eliza Richards, Chapter Two (.Frances Sargent Osgood, Salon
the Erotic Voice of Print.), from Gender and the Poetics of
in Poe.s Circle (forthcoming, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004).
Paula Bennett, Introduction and
One (.Literary Sentimentality and the Genteel Lyric.), from
in the Public Sphere: The Emancipatory Project of American Women.s
1800-1900 (Princeton: Princeton Univ.
Mary G. DeJong, .Her Fair Fame: The Reputation of Frances Sargent
Woman Poet,. Studies in the American Renaissance, 1987
Univ. Press of Virginia,1987), 265-83.
____. .Lines from a Partly Published Drama: The Romance of
Osgood and Edgar Allan Poe. In Patrons and Protegees,
ed. (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers Univ. Press, 1988),
Joanne Dobson .Sex, Wit, and Sentiment: Frances Osgood and the
of Love,. American Literature 65:4, 631-50.
Mary Loeffelholz, .Who Killed Lucretia Davidson? Or, Poetry in
Complex,. The Yale Journal of Criticism 10: 2, 271-93.
Eliza Richards, . .The Poetess. and Poe.s Performance of the
Arizona Quarterly 55: 2, 1-29.
Virginia Jackson and Yopie Prins, .Lyrical Studies,.
and Culture 7: 2, 521-29.
Edgar Allan Poe Society in Baltimore: Extensive collection of
and background and contextual information on Poe
Session XIII. Poetry (cont.d) (Hands-On) (Council
Rufus W Griswold, ed. The Female Poets of America.
Carey and Hart, 1849.
_____. The Poets and Poetry of America. Philadelphia:
Caroline May, ed. The American
Philadelphia, Lindsay & Blakiston, 1848, 1850.
Thomas Buchanan Read, ed. Female
of America. Philadephia, E.H. Butler, 1852, 1857.
Newspapers and Magazines:
Broadway Journal issues while Poe was editor, 1845-1846.
Graham.s Magazine from the 1840s
Godey.s Lady.s Book from the 1840s
New York Tribune
||Dinner at the home of John and Lea Hench
June 24 (Thursday)
Session XIV. Synthesis (GDH)
Reading: David D. Hall, .Readers and Reading in America:
Critical Perspectives,. Proceedings of the American
Society 103 (1993), 337-58; reprinted in Hall, Cultures of
| Session XV. Roundtable: Seminar
(GDH) (For these sessions, each participant should prepare a 2-3 pp.
précis of his or her research interest. We will make copies for all
participants. This description of your project will form the basis
||Session XVI. Roundtable (GDH)
||Session XVII. Roundtable (GDH)
||(tentative) Session XVIII. Roundtable
June 25 (Friday)
||Session XIX. Roundtable (GDH)
Session XX. Needs and Opportunities. Valediction.
Reading: Joan S. Rubin, .What Is the History of the History of
Journal of American History (September 2003), 555-75.
||Lunch and Farewell
||Library Tour (optional) (Marie Lamoureux)