Committee for the Study of Books and Media

Committee on Books and MediaFor more than half a century, Princeton has been a center for the historical study of books, media and their readers. The Committee for the Study of Books and Media gives scholars and students from many disciplines a forum where they can follow new developments in this vital, interdisciplinary field. Its workshop brings eminent senior scholars and brilliant young ones to campus so that Princeton graduate students can meet them and discuss their current work. In its master classes, field leaders give vivid, hands-on demonstrations of their analytical methods, using manuscripts, books, and other media from Princeton University Library’s department of Rare Books and Special Collections.

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Committee for the Study of Books and Media - A Lecture by Hannah Marcus

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Hannah Marcus, Harvard University

A graduate of Stanford University, Dr. Hannah Marcus' research is based on both a traditional study of archival materials, primarily housed in the Archive of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, and a deep analysis of the expurgated books themselves informed by bibliographical techniques. She was involved in the Mapping the Republic of Letters project and Humanities + Design, and she appreciate how the digital humanities have added a macro lens to the close reading of her archival research.


Jeffrey Miller - The Earliest Known Draft of the King James Bible: Samuel Ward and the Translation of the Apocrypha

Professor Miller specializes in the study of early modern literature, history, and theology, with a particular focus on the works of John Milton and his contemporaries. Other related concerns of Miller’s work include: literary theory, especially with respect to theories of formalism, historicism, and aestheticism; the history of scholarship and of ideas; the history of reading; and the history of the book.

Zachary Lesser - Xeroxing the STC: The Uncanny Archive Between UMI and EEBO

In the late 1960s, the University of Pennsylvania contracted with University Microfilms, Inc., then a subsidiary of the Xerox Corporation, to produce xerographic copies of the entire STC microfilm collection as bound codexes, at a cost of about $1.5 million in today’s money. These books were housed in the “STC Seminar Room” in the rare books library at Penn, before being moved in the early 2000s to New Jersey to a long-term storage facility.

Marisa Bass - "Joris Hoefnagel's Friends: Manuscript Tradition and the Art of the Exchange during the Dutch Revolt"

Professor Bass specializes in Renaissance art of northern Europe, with a particular focus on art produced in the Low Countries between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. Her research interests include intersections between art and humanist culture, the visual impact of the Reformation, portraiture, Renaissance theories of the imagination, and the junction of artistic endeavor and scientific inquiry.


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