Society for Textual Scholarship 2023 Conference

May 31 – June 3

The New School, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, 65 W 11th St, New York NY 10011


Behind the Scenes at the Berg Collection, New York Public Library
Hosted by Carolyn Vega, Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Curator of English and American Literature. 1-2 PM.
Limited to 20 participants. Directions will be sent to registered participants.

Behind the Scenes at the Morgan Library & Museum
Hosted by Jesse Erickson, Astor Curator of Printed Books and Bindings. 2:30 – 4 PM.
Limited to 20 participants. Directions will be sent to registered participants.


Thursday, June 1

Wollman Hall
Coffee and pastries

WELCOME, 9 – 9:15 AM

SESSION 1, 9: 15 – 10:30 AM
Wollman Hall

The Greetham Lecture: A Conversation about Black Readers, Writers, and Book Design
Elizabeth McHenry (New York University) & Kinohi Nishikawa (Princeton University)

SESSION 2, 10:45 AM – 12 PM

2.A All That Hangs in the Balance: Charles W. Chesnutt and Plagiarism, Revision, and Print Culture
Wollman Hall
Moderator: Stephanie Browner (The New School)
Ken Price (University of Nebraska–Lincoln), “Plagiarism, Creative Reuse, and the Color Line: Charles Chesnutt’s ‘How Dasdy Came Through’ and Harry Stillwell Edwards’ ‘How Sal Came Through’”
Antje Anderson (University of Nebraska–Lincoln), “‘The Dumb Witness’ Speaks: Charles Chesnutt’s Revisions of Race in Manuscript and Print”
William Martin (Harvard University), “A More Racially Just Nation: The Marrow of Tradition, Newspaper Design, and Print Culture”

2.B The Evolution of Textual Perception: Marks, Graphemes, Tables
Room 407
Moderator: Amanda Gailey (University of Nebraska–Lincoln)
Alice Mandell (Johns Hopkins University), “Broad Strokes: How Canaanite Scribes Created Reading Paths in their Letters”
Ian Cornelius (Loyola University Chicago), “Scribal Punctuation of Piers Plowman: A Study in Page Design”
Ashley Gonik (Harvard University), “Beyond Right and Wrong: Instability of Direction in Early Modern Printed Tables”

BREAK, 12 – 1:30 PM
STS board meeting, Room 407.

SESSION 3, 1 – 3 PM
The New School Archives and Special Collections, 66 5th Avenue, Room 102

Text as Identity and Evidence: Open House in The New School Archives
Hosted by Wendy Scheir, Director of Archives and Special Collections, The New School.
Drop-in session limited to 20 participants at a time.

SESSION 4, 1:30 – 2:45 PM

4.A Design Interventions in the Black Diaspora
Wollman Hall
Moderator: John K. Young (Marshall University)
Yolanda Mackey (Pennsylvania State University), “Visualizing a Black Diasporic Network through Textual Design and Digital Maps”
Mitchell Edwards (Rutgers University), “New Alignments: The Bluest Eye’s Black Pagecraft”
Cecelia Ramsey (Princeton University), “Embodied Silence: Reading Typography in Patrick Chamoiseau’s Solibo Magnifique

4.B Reading Revisions
Room 407
Moderator: Ian Cornelius (Loyola University Chicago)
Dovilė Gervytė (Vilnius University), “Kinetic Grid of Avant-texte”
Bram Oostveen (Huygens Institute for History and Culture of the Netherlands), “‘It is never too late to replace a full stop with a question mark.’ On the Many Revisions of Willem Frederik Hermans”

SESSION 5, 3 – 4:15 PM

5.A Reading Machines
Wollman Hall
Moderator: Matt Cohen (University of Nebraska–Lincoln)
Robert McQueen (Boston College), “The Digital Visualization of Spinoza’s Ethics
Jon Bath (University of Saskatchewan), “New Types for New ‘Readers’: Type Designs for Machine Reading”
Jeffrey Drouin (University of Tulsa), “Anti-Design: Generative AI and Textuality”

5.B Textual Containers as Structures of Power         
Room 407
Moderator: Gabrielle Dean (Johns Hopkins University)
Mariana Mazer (University of Iowa), “The Book as an Object: Building a Model of a Limp Parchment Binding Book from Colonial Mexico”
Amanda Gailey (University of Nebraska–Lincoln), “Erasing Martha: De-documenting the ‘Insane’ in the Nineteenth Century”
Melissa Dinverno (Indiana University–Bloomington), “Editing/Curating Archives for Affect and the Effects of War”

SESSION 6, 4:30 – 5:45 pm

6.A Publishing the Artifact: From Artist Books to Reprints
Wollman Hall
Corina Reynolds (Center for Book Arts)
Steve Clay (Granary Books)
Lisa Pearson (Siglio Press)

6.B Text on Display: Flash Videos and Exhibits
Room 407
Moderator: Paige Hartenburg (New York University)
Matteo Maselli (University of Macerta), “Data Visualisation of Allegorism in the Divine Comedy”
Rayne Broach and Sarah Pobuda (Loyola University Chicago), “Animating the Archive: The 3D Rendering of Emily Dickinson’s Pinned Poems”
Megan Heim (University of Pittsburgh), “Analyzing Manuscripts: The Ingenuity of Ramón Gómez de la Serna”
Hannah Swan (University of Wisconsin), “Designer Drugs: The Evolution of the Druggists’ Label”
Colbey Reid, Wiktoria Gawor, Vanessa Paramo, Mick Copeland, and Sophia Izquierdo (Columbia College Chicago), “Reading the Huipil: Visual Rhetoric in the Fashion Study Collection”

Wollman Hall
Light fare

Friday, June 2

Wollman Hall
Coffee and pastries

SESSION 7, 9:15 – 10:30 AM
Wollman Hall

“Design and Text” Plenary: “On the Consideration of a Black Grid”
Silas Munro (Polymode/Vermont College of Fine Arts) and Lucille Tenazas (Parsons School of Design, The New School)

SESSION 8, 10:45 AM – 12 PM

8.A Design Challenges for Print and Web Publication of Latin American Texts
Wollman Hall
Moderator: Andrew Reynolds (West Texas A & M University)
Daniel Balderston (University of Pittsburgh), “Editing Borges: The Challenges Ahead”
María Celeste Martín (Emily Carr University of Art + Design), “Producing, Editing and Designing Texts”
Ricardo Vázquez (Salisbury University), “Severo Sarduy’s Re-edition + Sound Design: The Challenges of Making the Aurality of a Cuban Writer Heard”

8.B Text Support: Labor and Space in Archives and Special Collections
Room 407
Moderator: Gabrielle Dean (Johns Hopkins University)
Jesse Erickson (Morgan Library & Museum)
Wendy Scheir (The New School)
Carolyn Vega (New York Public Library)

BREAK, 12 – 1:15 PM
Hosted student lunch, room 407.

SESSION 9, 1:15 – 2:30 PM

9.A Ralph Ellison’s New York
Wollman Hall
Moderator: Allen M. McFarlane (New York University)
John F. Callahan (Lewis & Clark College), “Editing and Reminiscing Ellison”
Michal Raz-Russo (The Gordon Parks Foundation), “Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison: Designing Photography/Text”
Barbara Bair (Library of Congress), “Ellison: Textual Intersections in the Archives”

9.B Making Texts Visible
Room 407
Moderator: Colbey Reid (Columbia College Chicago)
Karen Schiff (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), “Subliminal Sexual Positioning: Picasso’s Placements of Texts, Before the Demoiselles
Conley Lowrance (Granary Books), “26 Lettered and Signed: Design and Bibliographic Deviation in Mimeograph Publication on the Lower East Side in the 1970s”
Ileana Marin (University of Washington, Seattle/University of Bucharest), “Julie Chen’s Designs of and for Multiple Readings”

SESSION 10, 2:45 – 4 PM

10.A Editorial Design I: Theory
Wollman Hall
Moderator: Marta Werner (Loyola University Chicago)
Samantha Chipman, Felix Oke, and Ria De (Loyola University Chicago), “Tracking Textual Variants in Dickinson’s Poems”
John K. Young (Marshall University), “Textual Assembly and the Design of Literary Collections”

10.B Modernist (Re)Contextualizations
Room 407
Moderator: Russell McDonald (Georgian Court University)
Patrick Hastings (Gilman School), “Ulysses in Context”
Stefan Schoeberlein (Texas A & M University, Central Texas), “Recovering an Appalachian Modernist: Tom Kromer, Guidebooks, and the Federal Writers’ Project”
Neslihan Kansu-Yetkiner and Ilgın Aktener (İzmir University of Economics), “The Negotiation of Meaning-making through Visual Paratexts: Five Retranslations of Nabokov’s Lolita in Turkish Context”

SESSION 11, 4:15 – 5:30 PM
Wollman Hall

Dickinson Designed for the Senses

Amanda Marchand (independent artist) and Leah Sobsey (University of North Carolina, Greensboro), “This Earthen Door”
Marta Werner (Loyola University Chicago) and Caroline McCraw (independent scholar), “The Sound of ‘a certain Slant of light’ in Trees: Dickinson’s Birds: A Listening Machine”
Jen Bervin (independent artist), “Concordance Omission”

Saturday, June 3

SESSION 12, 9 – 10:15 AM
Wollman Hall
Coffee and pastries

12.A Editorial Design II: Praxis
Wollman Hall
Moderator: John K. Young (Marshall University)
Rolena Adorno (Yale University), “A Landmark Edition of Cervantes’s Don Quixote (London, 1738)”
Inessa Medzhibovskaya (The New School), “Tolstoy as Philosopher: On Completing the Mission with Special Focus on Textual Shape and Book Design”
Victoria O’Dea (Loyola University Chicago), “‘What a Hazard a Letter Is’ to Edit: The Case for Foregrounding Affect and Care when (Re)Presenting Emily Dickinson’s Epistolary Archive”

12.B Inventing the Interface
Room 407
Moderator: Michelangelo Zaccarello (University of Pisa)
Rebecca Bardi (University of Florence/University of Lausanne), “Manuscript Design and Dramatic Performance: Some Observations on La rappresentazione di Abram e Isac by Feo Belcari”
Suzanne Tanner (University of Kansas), “Interface Theory and the Rise of the Shakespearean Proto-Editor”
Ronald Broude (Broude Brothers Limited), “Triumph of Score”

SESSION 13, 10:30 – 11:45 AM

13.A Designing Aesthetic Encounters: Constructions of Affect Across Print Culture
Wollman Hall
Moderator: Jeffrey Drouin (University of Tulsa)
Tyler Dick (University of Tulsa), “Modern(ism) en Vogue: The Art of House Style”
Abigale Mazzo (University of Tulsa), “A ‘survival gospel for sub’urban souls’: Making Meaning and Community Through Word and Design”
Emma Palmer (University of Tulsa), “Multiplicity of Coverings: Design and Affect in Ling Ma’s Severance

13.B Staging the Text in the Italian Renaissance
Room 407
Moderator: Michelangelo Zaccarello (University of Pisa)
Valerio Cellai (University of Pisa), “A Totally Unknown Italian 16th-century’s Comedy: the Fioretta / Fausto and Its Unknown Author”
Anna Terroni (University of Pisa), “Alessandro Donzellini’s Comedy Gli Oltraggi di Fortuna in an American Manuscript”
Alice Grazzini (University of Pisa), “Staging the Jew(s): the “Giudiata” theatrical form in 17th-century Rome

SESSION 14, 12 – 1:15 PM

14.A Experiments in Textual Design
Wollman Hall
Moderator: Marta Werner (Loyola University Chicago)
Mark J. Noonan (New York City College of Technology, CUNY), “WE MoDERNS: AN EXAGMINATION OF THE TYPoGRAPHY OF GOTHAM BOOK MART’s BOOK CATALOGS, WITH SPECIAL ATTENTION TO the curt witty wotty dashes never quite just right at the trim trit truth letter; the sudden spluttered petulane of some capjtaljsed mIddle; AND OTHER wordS cunningly hidden in A maze of confused drapery as a fieldmouse in a nest of coloured riboons”
George Life (University at Buffalo, SUNY), “Intertextual Design: Susan Howe’s ‘Heliopathy’”
Mary Catherine Kinniburgh (Granary Books), “Messy Archivist: Small Press Publishing and Archival Design”

14.B Additions and Subtractions: Modernist Textual Design as a Site of Conflict
Room 407
Moderator: Russell McDonald (Georgian Court University)
Cooper Casale (University of Tulsa), “The Blank Pages of The Little Review, Modernist Negativity, and Feminist Abstention”
Nicole Reynolds (Ohio University), “Foiled by Design: Collage and Contestation in World War I Memoirs”
Andrew Reynolds (West Texas A & M University), “Questioning Design Disparity in His Majesty the Dollar

Wollman Hall

The Society for Textual Scholarship recognizes distinguished publications in the field of textual scholarship through three biennial prizes. This year’s awards will go to essays and books published from January 1, 2021 through January 1, 2023.

  • The Greetham Prize honors the author of the best article published in the Society of Textual Scholarship’s journal, Textual Cultures, during the award cycle.
  • The Fredson Bowers Memorial Prize honors the author of the most outstanding essay in textual scholarship (exclusive of articles in Textual Cultures) published during the award cycle; essays published in periodicals, critical books, and collections are eligible.
  • The Richard J. Finneran Award is given in recognition of the best edition or book about editorial theory and/or practice published in the English language during the award cycle.

The next Finneran, Bowers, and Greetham Prizes will be awarded in 2025 for books, essays, and digital projects published between January 1, 2023 and January 1, 2025.