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2004 Summer Seminar Sylabus

"Enriching American Studies Scholarship
through the History of the Book"
Sunday, June 20, through Friday, June 25, 2004

Philip F. Gura
Department of English
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520

June 20 (Sunday)

4:30-6:00 p.m.  

Session I. Welcome and Introductions, Antiquarian Hall:
 Philip F. Gura and Joanne Chaison

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

6:00 pm   Reception and Dinner, Goddard Daniels House (GDH)



June 21 (Monday)


Session II. History of the Book: What It Is, How One "Does" It (introduction and autobiographical rumination) (GURA) (GDH)

Readings: Robert Darnton, "What is the History of Books" in Davidson, ed., Reading in America  (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1989), 27-52; David D. Hall, "On Native Ground: From the History of Printing to the History of the Book," Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society 93 (1983), 313-36; reprinted in Hall, Cultures of Print: Essays in the History of the Book (Amherst: Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 1996), 15-35; and Robert Gross, "Texts for the Times," in Casper et. al., eds., Perspectives on American Book History (Amherst: Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 2002), 1-16.

10:30-10:45   Break

Session III. History of the Book: Introduction (cont'd)

Resources for the Study of American Book History: Print and Manuscript (JOANNE CHAISON and THOMAS KNOLES) (COUNCIL ROOM)

Reading: Joanne Chaison, "Resources for Studying American Book History," in Casper et. al., eds., Perspectives on American Book History, 441-58.

12:15  Lunch (GDH)


Session IV. The Materiality of Texts (JAMES GREEN) (COUNCIL ROOM)

Readings: Philip Gaskell, A New Introduction to Bibliography (1972; New Castle, Del: Oak Knoll Press, 2000).

Readings: pp. 5-8, 40-43, 57-60, 78-84; figs. 46, 47, 50, 55, 59; pp. 142-63, 189-90, 201-06, 231-34, 266-73.

Recommended: Skim other parts of the book, as time permits.


2:45-3:00    Break
3:00- 5:00

Session V. The Materiality of Texts (cont'd) (COUNCIL ROOM)



June 22 (Tuesday)               


Session VI. Practicum: History of the Book and the History of American Religion: The Great Awakening as a Textual Event (GURA) (GDH)


Readings: Patricia Crain, "Print and Everyday Life in the Eighteenth Century," in Casper, et. al., eds., Perspectives on American Book History, 47-78; Frank Lambert, "Commercial Strategies" in "Pedlar in Divinitie": George Whitefield and the Transatlantic Revivals (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1994), 52-94; and Frank Lambert, "The First Fruits" in Inventing the "Great Awakening" (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1999), 69-81.

Recommended: Harry S. Stout, "Religion, Communications, and the Ideological Origins of the American Revolution," William and Mary Quarterly 34: 4, 319-41; Jon Butler, "Enthusiasm Described and Decried," Journal of American History 69: 305-25.

10:30-10:45  Break

  Session VII. History of Religion: Hands-On, and Needs and Opportunities (GURA) (COUNCIL ROOM)


The Textual History of Edwards's Faithful Narrative.

Orality vs. Print: Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God

The 19th Century Invention of Edwards: The American Tract Society publications

Recommended: Joseph Conforti, "The Second Great Awakening and the Cultural Revival of Edwards," in Jonathan Edwards, Religious Tradition, and American Culture (Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1995), 36-61.

12:15    Lunch (GDH)

Session VIII. Practicum: Intersecting Technologies: Photography and the Book (GURA) (GDH)


Readings: Alan Trachtenberg, "Prologue," in Reading American Photographs (New York: Hill & Wang, 1989), 3-20; Susan Williams, "The Inconstant Daguerreotype: The Narrative of Early Photography," in Williams, Confounding Images (Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1997), 36-65; and Williams, "Manufacturing Intellectual Equipment: The Tauchnitz Edition of The Marble Faun," in Michele Moylan and Lane Stiles, eds., Reading Books (Amherst: Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 1996), 117-50.

2:45-3:00   Break

Session IX. Hands-On: Photography and the Book (GEORGIA BARNHILL) (COUNCIL ROOM)

Readings: Alan Fern, "John Plumbe and the 'Plumbeotype,'" Philadelphia Printmaking. American Prints Before 1860, Robert F. Looney, ed. (West Chester, Penn.: Tinicum Press, 1976), 149-64; William F. Stapp, "The Life and Work of Francis D.Avignon," American Portrait Prints, Wendy Wick Reaves, ed. (Washington: National Portrait Gallery, 1984), 194-231.


daguerreotype and engraving (frontispieces, city views)

Carvahlo's expedition

Fremont's Memoirs

Hawthorne's The Marble Faun



June 23 (Wednesday)


Session X. Practicum: History of the Book and 19th-Century American Literature (GURA) (GDH)

Readings: Susan S. Williams, "Publishing an Emergent 'American' Literature," in Casper et. al., eds., Perspectives on American Book History, 165-94; David S. Reynolds,  "The American Writers and Their Environment" and  "Reconstructive Criticism: Literary Theory and Literary History," in Beneath the American Renaissance (New York: Knopf, 1988), 3-12 and 561-68.

Recommended:  Jane Tompkins, "The Other American Renaissance," in Sensational Designs (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1985) 147-85; Susan K. Harris, "But Is It Any Good: Evaluating Nineteenth-Century Women's Fiction," American Literature 63: 1, 43-61.

10:30-10:45      Break

Session XI. Hands-On: Sentiment and Sensation in American Literature. (GURA) (COUNCIL ROOM)

Sentiment: Fanny Fern (various editions of Fern Leaves and Ruth Hall)

Sensation: George Thompson (examples of his work)

Readings: Susan Belasco Smith, "Introduction," Fanny Fern, Ruth Hall (NY: Penguin, 1997), xv-xlvii; David S. Reynolds, .Introduction,. George Thompson, Venus in Boston (Amherst: Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 2002), ix-liv.

Recommended: Lauren Berlant, "The Female Woman: Fanny Fern and the Form of Sentiment," in Shirley Samuels, ed., Culture of Sentiment (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1992), 265-82; Christopher Looby, .George Thompson.s .Romance of the Real,.. American Literature 65: 4  (1993), 651-72.

12:15   Lunch (GDH)
1:00   Group Photograph (location to be announced)

Session XII. Practicum: Canon Revision and the Example of Poetry (ELIZA RICHARDS) (GDH)


Readings: Poems:

.The Poet.: Edgar Allan Poe (selected poems)

.The Poetess.: Frances Sargent Osgood (selected poems)

_________: Critical Works:

Meredith McGill, Chapter Four (.Unauthorized Poe.) from American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting, 1834-1853 (Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2003), 141-86; also notes from pages 310-19.

Eliza Richards, Chapter Two (.Frances Sargent Osgood, Salon Poetry, and the Erotic Voice of Print.), from Gender and the Poetics of Reception in Poe.s Circle (forthcoming, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004).


Paula Bennett, Introduction and Chapter One (.Literary Sentimentality and the Genteel Lyric.), from Poets in the Public Sphere: The Emancipatory Project of American Women.s Poetry, 1800-1900  (Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 2003), 1-39.

Mary G. DeJong, .Her Fair Fame: The Reputation of Frances Sargent Osgood, Woman Poet,. Studies in the American Renaissance, 1987 (Charlottesville: Univ. Press of Virginia,1987), 265-83.

____.  .Lines from a Partly Published Drama: The Romance of Frances Sargent Osgood and Edgar Allan Poe. In Patrons and Protegees, Shirley Marchalonis, ed. (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers Univ. Press, 1988), 31-58.

Joanne Dobson .Sex, Wit, and Sentiment: Frances Osgood and the Poetry of Love,. American Literature 65:4, 631-50.

Mary Loeffelholz, .Who Killed Lucretia Davidson? Or, Poetry in the Domestic-Tutelary Complex,. The Yale Journal of Criticism 10: 2, 271-93.

Eliza Richards, . .The Poetess. and Poe.s Performance of the Feminine,. Arizona Quarterly 55: 2, 1-29.

Virginia Jackson and Yopie Prins, .Lyrical Studies,.  Victorian Literature and Culture 7: 2, 521-29.

Useful Website:

Edgar Allan Poe Society in Baltimore: Extensive collection of Poe.s work and background and contextual information on Poe

2:45-3:00  Break

  Session XIII. Poetry (cont.d) (Hands-On) (Council Room)


Rufus W Griswold, ed. The Female Poets of America. Philadelphia, Carey and Hart, 1849.

_____. The Poets and Poetry of America. Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1842.

Caroline May, ed. The American Female Poets. Philadelphia, Lindsay & Blakiston, 1848, 1850.

Thomas Buchanan Read, ed. Female Poets 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
Democratic Review
Home Journal
New York Tribune

6:00 p.m.   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: Historical and Critical Perspectives,. Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society 103 (1993), 337-58; reprinted in Hall, Cultures of Print, 169-88.

10:30-10:45   Break


  Session XV. Roundtable: Seminar Participants (GDH) (For these sessions, each participant should prepare a 2-3 pp. (double-spaced) précis of his or her research interest.  We will make copies for all the participants.  This description of your project will form the basis for your presentation).
12:15     Lunch (GDH)
1:15-2:45    Session XVI. Roundtable (GDH)
2:45-3:00    Break
3:00-5:00   Session XVII. Roundtable (GDH)
7:00-8:30 (tentative)   Session XVIII. Roundtable (GDH)


June 25 (Friday)

9:00-10:30   Session XIX. Roundtable (GDH)
10:30-10:45 Break

Session XX. Needs and Opportunities. Valediction. (GDH)

Reading: Joan S. Rubin, .What Is the History of the History of Books?. Journal of American History (September 2003), 555-75.

12:00-1:00   Lunch and Farewell
1:15-1:45  Library Tour (optional) (Marie Lamoureux)



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