Date
Friday November 6, 2015 from 15:30–17:00

Location
Concordia University, McConnell Building, Room 646

As outliers inserting themselves into the matrix of literary production rather than remaining within that of reception, both book-men and book clubs stepped on literary toes by producing, writing, and circulating books. In the process, they expanded fundamental points of literary orientation in directions not coincident with those of the literary sphere, provoking controversy and debate. Using a wide range of historical, archival and literary history, this study makes visible a bookish array of alternative networks, genres, and locations that were obscured as the literary sphere secured its authority as arbiter of the modern book in the early nineteenth century.

Book-Men, Book Clubs, and the Romantic Literary Sphere, written by Ina Ferris, was published in 2015 as part of the Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print series. Ina Ferris is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Her books include The Achievement of Literary Authority: Gender, History and the Waverley Novels, The Romantic National Tale and the Question of Ireland, and Bookish Histories: Books, Literature, and Commercial Modernity, 1700-1900 (co-edited with Paul Keen).

Participants
Jon Klancher (Carnegie Mellon)
Deirdre Lynch (Harvard)
Andrew Piper (McGill)
Ina Ferris (Ottawa)
Jonathan Sachs (Concordia)

Open to the Public.