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What is a feminist practice in bibliography?

What is a feminist practice in bibliography?

Friday, April 17, 2020 at 3:00 PM to 3:40 PM (EST)
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“Citations can be feminist bricks: they are the materials through which, from which, we create our dwellings.” -Sara Ahmed, Living a Feminist Life
Join us for a discussion group on feminist theory and practice in bibliography and book history led by Kate Ozment, Assistant Professor of English at Cal Poly Pomona and co-editor of the Women in Book History Bibliography. Both newcomers and experts are welcome to bring the exciting work that they are doing within this intersection or to learn more about how to incorporate feminist practices in their own research and teaching. The session will begin with an overview of theoretical articles on this topic, provided in a Google Drive folder linked below. Participants are encouraged but not required to read these in advance. We will then open the floor to a broader discussion about what feminist practice or philosophy means to participants’ pedagogy and research.

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Possible topics include:
  •  Why is feminism in bibliography necessary?
  • How does it change our thinking or practice?
  • How would feminist bibliography change the structure of bibliographic training in undergrad and graduate programs?
  • What versions of feminist theory or practice are most applicable to work with material objects?
  • What are the strengths and limitations of the current discourse on feminist bibliography?
  • Where do we go from here? 
Suggested Reading (PDFs provided via Google Drive, no sign in required)

Ezell, Margaret J. M. “The Laughing Tortoise: Speculations on Manuscript Sources and Women’s Book History.” English Literary Renaissance 38, no. 2 (May 2008): 331–55.

Howsam, Leslie. “In My View: Women and Book History.” SHARP News 7, no. 4 (1998): 1–2.

Levy, Michelle. “Do Women Have a Book History?” Studies in Romanticism 53, no. 3 (Fall 2014): 297–317.

Smith, Helen. “'Print[ing] Your Royal Father off’ Early Modern Female Stationers and the Gendering of the British Book Trades.” Text: An Interdisciplinary Annual of Textual Studies 15 (2003): 163–86.

Werner, Sarah. “Weaving a Feminist Book History,” 1–8, 2018. 

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The Bibliographical Society of America
67 West Street, Suite 401 Unit C17
Brooklyn, NY, 11222
Erin McGuirl, Executive Director

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