The End of the Book, 18 November 2016

How do we know when we have reached the end of a book? What do we, as readers, expect to find at the end? How have the answers to these questions evolved over time, from the classical era through to the present day?

These questions (and more) will be asked at The End of the Book, a one-day conference taking place in the Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building at the University of Bristol on 18 November 2016.

Registration for the conference is free; you can register here.

Provisional Programme:

8.30-9.00: Registration

9.00-9.45: Keynote Address (Chair: Katie Brown)
Laura Jansen (Bristol), ‘Liminal Readers of the End: Classical Myth and the Open Closures of Literature in Borges’ World Poetry’

9.45-10.45: Session 1, Endings that aren’t (Chair: Laura Jansen)
Catherine Rozier (Swansea), ‘Telos, Nostos, and Succession: the Unresolved Ending of Homer’s Odyssey’
Richard Cole (Bristol), ‘Beyond the End – Metalepsis in Historical Fiction’

10.45-11.00: Tea/coffee break

11.00-12.30: Session 2, The Never-ending(s) (Chair: Jennifer Batt)
Natasha Simonova (Oxford), ‘“Volume the Last”: Seriality and the End of the 18th-century Novel’
Emmanuelle Waeckerle (UCA), ‘Reading (Story of) O: Does a Story Ever End?’
Otto (Graphic Artist), ‘Artists’ Books with Alternative Ends’

12.30-13.30: Lunch (provided)

13.30-14.30: Keynote Lecture (Chair: Richard Cole)
Kate Pullinger (Bath Spa), ‘From Book to Container: New forms, New possibilities’

14.30-14.45: Tea/coffee break

14.45-15.45: Session 3, Editorial Endings (Chair: Rhiannon Daniels)
Jennifer Rushworth (Oxford), ‘Petrarch’s Afterlife: The New Ends of Reception’
Cathy Hume (Bristol), ‘The Storie of Asneth and its Epilogue: an Elegiac Ending?’

15.45-16.00: Break

16.00-17.30: Session 4, Ending the Book? (Chair: John McTague)
Edward King (Bristol), ‘The Graphic Novel and Digital Culture in Latin America’
Michael Marcinkowski (Bath Spa), ‘Ambient Literature and the Beginning of a Ubiquitous Everything’

18.00-19.00: Reception
The conference has been organized by Rhiannon Daniels (Modern Languages), Jennifer Batt (English), Richard Cole (Classics and Ancient History) and Books at Bristol, with the support of the Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition (IGRCT), and the Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts (BIRTHA). For enquiries, please contact arts-books@bristol.ac.uk.

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Professor Anne Coldiron (Florida State University) ‘Languages of the Book: Translation, Paratext, Design’, Thursday 27 October, 5.15-6.45pm

We are delighted to welcome Professor Coldiron to Bristol on Thursday 27th October. Her lecture will be held in LR8, 21 Woodland Road, 5.15-6.45pm, followed by a reception. All welcome. Non-University visitors should use the main entrance on 3-5 Woodland Road.

Professor Coldiron specializes in late-medieval and Renaissance literature, with a focus on French-English literary relations, poetics, translation, and early printing. She currently directs the History of Text Technologies program at Florida State and her most recent monograph is entitled Printers Without Borders: Translation and Textuality in the Renaissance (2015).

Professor Coldiron’s visit is funded by the AHRC project, The Renaissance Decameron. For further details please contact Rhiannon Daniels r.j.daniels@bristol.ac.uk.

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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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