2013 AAS Summer Seminar in the History of the Book

"Indigenous Cultures of Print in Early America"

Seminar Leader: Philip Round

Monday, June 16- Friday, June 21, 2013



"Authorship and Paratext"

Morning Session

• Overview of Proprietary Authorship and Paratext

  • Readings
    • Robert Darnton, “What is the History of Books?” Daedalus (summer 1982): 65–83.
    • Foucault, Michel. The Foucault Reader. Paul Rabinow, Ed. New York: Pantheon, 1984.
    • McKenzie, D.F. “The Book as an Expressive Form” (1986)./li>
    • Selections from Warrior, Tribal Secrets (1995) and The People and the Word (2005).
    • Armstrong, “Land Speaking” from Speaking for the Generations (1998).
    • Thomas R. Adams and Nicholas Barker, “A New Model for the Study of the Book,” The Book History Reader, 2nd edition, ed. David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery (New York: Routledge, 2006), 47–65.

Afternoon Session (Hand-on survey of the archive)

Adventures of Peter Jones, [1830?].
The Lectures of Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh, (or G. Copway, the Indian chief,) at Hall No. 1, Tremont Temple, on Monday, Feb. 26, and on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1849. [Boston : s.n., 1849]
• Apess, William. Eulogy on King Philip, : as pronounced at the Odeon, in Federal Street, Boston, / by the Rev. William Apes, an Indian. (Boston: : Published by the author., 1836).
• Apess, William. A son of the forest. (New-York: : Published by the author. G.F. Bunce, printer., 1831).


"Modes of Inscription and the Nature of the Archive"
Guest scholar: Margaret Bruchac, University of Pennsylvania

Morning Session

  • Readings
    • Warkentin, “In Search of the Word of the Other,” Book History (1999): 1-27.
    • Rasmussen, “A New World Still in the Making,” from Queequeg’s Coffin (2012)
    • Teuton, “Diving into Deep Waters,” from Deep Waters (2010)
    • Laura Murray, “Vocabularies of Native Languages” AQ 53:4 (2001): 590-623.
    • Daniel Morley Johnson, “Reflections on Historical and Contemporary Indigenist Approaches to Environmental Ethics in a Comparative Context,” Wicazo Sa Review (Fall 2007): 23-55.

Afternoon Session (Hand-on survey of the archive)
• Visit to the Mashantucket Pequot Research Library


"Institutions and Genres"
Guest scholar: Hilary Wyss, Auburn University

Morning Session

• Discussion of Cherokee literacy practices and the Cherokee Syllabary

  • Readings
    • Selections from Ellen Cushman, The Cherokee Syllabary (UNC Press, 2011)
      Chapter 1, pp 23-38
      -Chapter 5, pp. 112-129
    • Selections from Phillip Round, Removable Type (UNC Press, 2010)
      -Chapter 5, pp. 123-149
    • Selections from Hilary Wyss, English Letters and Indian Literacies (Penn, 2012)
      -Chapter 4, 150-157
      -After Words, pp. 190-210
    • [Recommended further reading: Tiya Miles, The House on Diamond Hill (2010)
      Daniel Heath Justice, Our Fire Survives the Storm (2006)]

Afternoon Session (Hand-on survey of the archive)

The Cherokee Phoenix and Indians’ Advocate
The Cherokee Bible
• The Memoir of Catharine Brown
• The Little Osage Captive
• The Missionary Herald



"Native Texts and Native Space"
Guest scholar: Lisa Brooks, Amherst College

Morning Session

  • Overview of “Indian Country”—definitions, historical and geographical scope
  • Overview of alphabetic, syllabary, and non-alphabetic Native textual cultures
  • Readings
    • Lisa Brooks, The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008), Ch. 1.
    • Lisa Brooks, The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008), Ch. 3.
    • Cohen, “Introduction,” from The Networked Wilderness (2010).
    • Lyons, “Mirgrations/Removals,” from X-Marks (2010).
    • Round, “Bibliography and the Sociology of American Indian Texts,” Textual Cultures 6.2 (Autumn, 2011): 119-132.

Afternoon Session (Hand-on survey of the archive)

  • The Choctaw Nation vs. the United States
  • Up Biblum God: The Holy Bible: Containing the Old Testament and the New (Cambridge, [Mass.]: [1663]).
  • Iapi oaye. Dakota Mission, 1871-).
  • Mr. Occom's address to his Indian brethren. : [Boston? , 1772].
  • The Indian primer or The first book. (Boston, 1720).



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