The End of the Book, 18 November 2016

We’re very pleased to announce that registration for The End of the Book, a conference taking place on Friday 18 November 2016 at the University of Bristol, is now open.

Registration is free, via our Eventbrite page here.

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For a provisional programme of the day’s talks, see: programme_27sept

Any enquiries should be directed to arts-books@bristol.ac.uk.

The conference is generously funded by the Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition (IGRCT) and the Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts (BIRTHA).

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CFP: The End of the Book, Friday 18 November 2016, University of Bristol

Image for The End of the Book(1)How do we know when we have reached the end of a book? What do we, as readers, expect to find at the end? With the last word(s) of the ‘text proper’ typically followed by author notes, afterwords, commentaries, indices, blank pages, and adverts for other texts, what do we, in fact, consider to be the ‘end’ of the book? How are our expectations forestalled or fulfilled by this paratextual (and epitextual) material, and how do the framing structures that end a book affect the reading, or rereading, of a text? Further, how does the end affect the beginning of a book, and what dialogue emerges between authors and readers in this liminal zone?

The End of the Book’, a one-day, interdisciplinary conference at the University of Bristol on Friday 18 November 2016, aims to consider how answers to these questions have evolved over time, from the classical era through to the present day. Its purpose is to reflect upon such answers, and how they might be reframed by advances in technology where closure itself becomes increasingly problematic in an ever-expanding virtual world of potentially infinite text, rendering the end of the book obsolete and the reader trapped, almost indefinitely, in the realms of interpretation.

Confirmed keynote speakers: Professor Kate Pullinger, Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media at Bath Spa University, and Dr Laura Jansen, Lecturer in Latin Language and Literature at the University of Bristol.

We welcome proposals for twenty-minute papers from postgraduates, early career researchers, and established scholars.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The information age and the ‘end’ of book culture;
  • Current status of the book, including the rise and fall of the e-book;
  • The history of the book, such as the end of the scroll, codex, and printed book;
  • Afterwords, epilogues, endnotes, historical notes, postfaces, farewells, and the relationship between openings, beginnings and endings, including the positioning of back matter compared to front matter, e.g. maps;
  • Books within books: divisions within classical works, their influence, and later editorial revisions in separating and ‘ending’ sections; creation of chapters;
  • Indices, bibliographies, advertising and general trends in the back matter of books, including end matter in translations and in different cultures;
  • Publisher’s paratext: blurbs, epitext and interviews;
  • The reception of texts, both ancient and modern, and the significance of retellings, adaptations, and performances in reshaping and opening up endings;
  • The role of fan fiction and media paratexts in moving beyond endings, and the challenge posed by counterfactual narratives to canonical endings, both historical and literary;
  • Extra-textual material and its relation to the world outside textuality.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words, along with a short biography, to arts-books@bristol.ac.uk by Monday 5 September 2016. We are delighted to be able to offer limited postgraduate bursaries to assist with travel to the conference; please note in your email if you wish to be considered for one of these bursaries.

Please share the CFP with anyone you think might be interested. We are particularly keen to welcome papers from colleagues in the GW4 consortium (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, and Exeter).

The conference is generously funded by the Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition (IGRCT) and the Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts (BIRTHA).

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Adventures in titology: Sigizmund Krzhizhanovskii and book titles

A fabulous chance to revisit – or enjoy for the first time – the unpronounceable Ukrainain’s views on titles:

Source: Adventures in titology: Sigizmund Krzhizhanovskii and book titles

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Registration for The Beginning of the Book…

…is now open! The conference is free, but please register by Thursday 10 March so that we can keep track of numbers for catering: Eventbrite registration

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The Beginning of the Book

One-day conference, Friday 18 March 2016, 10am-6pm

Lecture Room 1, Arts Complex, 3-5 Woodland Road, University of Bristol

When we open a book it is likely that we will have to leaf through several pages before arriving at the authorial text – what we are conditioned to think of as the ‘text proper’. How often do we stop to read and reflect on the preliminary matter which occupies the space between the cover and the text we have opened the book to read? What kind of material is included in the frontmatter, and what purpose does it serve? How does the inclusion of paratextual support matter reflect developments in the evolution of the codex and how much does it lead developments in book design and our conception of literary history?

This one-day conference brings together scholars working within different historical periods (from the beginnings of the codex to the present) and with different languages and genres in order to explore continuities and variance in the development of the codex, focusing on the preliminary pages which make up a book object.

A draft programme is available Draft programme_18Feb

Details of how to register will follow soon.

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Students enrolled on the MA in Comparative Literatures and Cultures at the University of Bristol enjoyed an afternoon with the Letterpress Collective learning to print.  Take a look at their experience here: Students get printing with the Letterpress workshop. With thanks to Nick Hand – read an interview with Nick about the Letterpress Collective here.

 

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CFP: The Beginning of the Book

The books cluster is pleased to announce a call for papers for a one-day conference at the University of Bristol on 18 March. After the success of ‘Judging Books by their Covers‘ we will be thinking about what happens when we open the cover and contemplate ‘The Beginning of the Book‘. The deadline for proposals is Monday 15 February. Please read on and tell your friends.

When we open a book it is likely that we will have to leaf through several pages before arriving at the authorial text – what we are conditioned to think of as the ‘text proper’. How often do we stop to read and reflect on the preliminary matter which occupies the space between the cover and the text we have opened the book to read? What kind of material is included in the frontmatter, and what purpose does it serve? How does the inclusion of paratextual support matter reflect developments in the evolution of the codex and how much does it lead developments in book design and our conception of literary history?

This one-day conference aims to bring together scholars working within different historical periods (from the beginnings of the codex to the present) and with different languages and genres in order to explore continuities and variance in the development of the codex, focusing on the preliminary pages which make up a book object. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • the ordering and placement of preliminary paratexts
  • the authorship of prefatory paratexts
  • the contribution made by book design to distinctions between prefatory paratext and the main body of the text
  • the role and function of prefatory paratexts in the sequence of a book’s manufacture
  • the relationship between frontmatter and backmatter
  • the conceptual significance of beginnings, openings, introductions etc
  • the relationship between editorial design and reading practice

Please send proposals for 20-minute papers of no more than 300 words to Rhiannon Daniels (r.j.daniels@bristol.ac.uk) and Jennifer Batt (jennifer.batt@bristol.ac.uk) by Monday 15 February. Please share the CFP with anyone you think might be interested, including postgraduates. We are particularly keen to welcome papers from colleagues in the GW4 consortium (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, and Exeter).

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