Artistic transformations of the book in North America, and fine press printing in the US.
The Eccles Centre’s Summer Scholars season of free in-person lunchtime talks explores the exciting and wide-ranging research into the Americas collections at the British Library by the Eccles Centre’s Fellows and Award winners. The talks take place in the British Library Entrance Hall bookshop and attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.
Experimental Writing and Codex Transformations
Tatiani Rapatzikou uses case studies to explore the print book and its artistic transformations in contemporary North American culture. In particular, she considers the book as a material object and medium of storytelling and the use of mixed-media and artist-book practices for the creation of an enhanced narrative experience.
The interweaving of literary writing with materials, page design and digital media leads not only to the re-evaluation of the book form but also to a far more diversified and interactive reading experience.
US Fine Presses Since 1945
The British Library holds an extraordinary collection of publications by American fine presses. These hand-printed books can be objects of breath-taking skill and imagination. Jean Petrovic discusses the development of US fine press printing since 1945 and the creation of her recent guide to these holdings.
Tatiani Rapatzikou is Associate Professor at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and director of the Digital Humanities Lab ‘Psifis’ in its Faculty of Philosophy. She has been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at M.I.T., a Visiting Research Scholar at Duke University, and a visiting scholar at York University in Toronto, Canada. Her teaching and research interests broadly focus on Contemporary American Literature and Culture, electronic (born digital) literature, print and digital convergence, cyberpunk and technological uncanny (with emphasis on William Gibson’s writings).
Jean Petrovic is Bibliographical Editor at the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library and is the Centre's lead for Canada. She has compiled many guides to the Library’s collections, particularly its US holdings. She holds a BA (Hons) in American Studies, an MA in History (US) and a Master of Library Science.
Image: Wood letterpress type by Michelle Cornelison
This event is organised by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library. The Eccles Centre exists to support and promote creative research and lifelong learning about the Americas, through the world-class collections of the British Library.
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