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Pondering on Paratext - Seminar 2

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An interdisciplinary seminar exploring new research in key paratextual areas, featuring presentations from major scholars in the field.

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The Eighteenth-Century Paratext Research Network is delighted to announce an interdisciplinary seminar duology hosted in connection with the Eighteenth-Century Worlds Research Centre, Liverpool. This series will explore new research into key paratextual areas, featuring invited presentations from some of the most innovative and exciting scholars currently working in the field of paratextual studies.

Each seminar will feature two speakers, take place via Zoom, and last no longer than 90 minutes. There will be an opportunity for some discussion and Q&A following the presenters’ talks. Registration is via Eventbrite, with the link to the online meeting delivered on the day of the seminar. The schedule is as follows:

24 February, Wednesday 2.30-4pm

Dr Dennis Duncan and Dr Kathleen Keown

17 March, Wednesday 2.30-4pm

Dr Hazel Wilkinson and Dr Karen McAulay

Please note separate registration is required for each seminar. This is the page to register for the second seminar, on 17 March.

The Speakers

Dr Dennis Duncan is a Lecturer in English Literature at University College London and co-editor (with Adam Smyth) of the pioneering anthology Book Parts (Oxford, 2019), which incorporated essays from academics around the world to offer a concise and accessible history of all forms of printed paratext. He is currently completing a history of the book index from the middle ages to the age of the Kindle, which is due for publication with Penguin later this year.

Dr Kathleen Keown is an Early Career Researcher who recently completed her DPhil at the University of Oxford, with a thesis exploring how literary sociability influenced the writing, publication, and reception of eighteenth-century women’s poetry. As part of this project, she has conducted extensive research into the subscription campaigns (and paratextual subscription lists) of women poets, and has presented on this topic at a number of conferences and seminars. She is currently preparing her first monograph for publication, entitled Sociable Productions: Women’s Poetry and the Print Marketplace, 1700-1760, and is a Section Editor for the Elizabeth Montagu Correspondence Online.

Dr Hazel Wilkinson is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Birmingham. She is the Principal Investigator on the pioneering AHRC funded project 'Compositor: Recovering the Grammar of Ornament’, which developed an image-based database of eighteenth-century printer’s ornaments. Her prize-winning first monograph examined eighteenth-century editions of the works of Edmund Spenser (Edmund Spenser and the Eighteenth-Century Book, Cambridge, 2017), and she is currently co-editing a volume of the Oxford Edition of the Writings of Alexander Pope.

Dr Karen McAulay is a Performing Arts Librarian at the Royal Conservatoire Scotland, expertly combining the three roles of librarian, musicologist and educationalist. Her first monograph, Our Ancient National Airs: Scottish Song Collecting from the Enlightenment to the Romantic Era (Taylor and Francis, 2013), traced the complex history of Scottish song collection and music publication whilst offering innovative insights into the paratext of eighteenth-century songbooks. In 2019 she also co-founded the Eighteenth-Century Paratext Research Network.

We are delighted to be able to offer such an exciting programme, and would be thrilled if you could join us!

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