Posts Tagged: Victorian print culture

Publishing PhD candidate Amanda Lastoria presents talk on Alice in Wonderland

Amanda Lastoria is Canada’s first PhD candidate in Publishing (SFU) and editor of the Lewis Carroll Review. Her research interrogates the ways in which the book’s design and production values impact the markets for, and the meanings of, the text.

Amanda will be presenting a talk titled Alice by Design: The Victorian Material Evolution of Wonderland as part of SFU English Department’s Print Culture Speakers Series on Friday, March 10 at SFU Burnaby campus.

The Print Culture Speakers Series has been a venue for the dissemination of innovative work and discussion of the issues that challenge and define the study of print culture by bringing scholars together with local faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, first published by Macmillan in 1865 and republished in numerous Victorian editions, was written and art directed by Lewis Carroll. Each repackaging of the title targets a different consumer of the book and solicits a different response to the story. This talk (based on a paper Lastoria wrote) traces the development of early editions from initial concepts to final products, reflecting on their creative success—as qualified by Carroll and critics—and commercial success—as quantified by the market.Wonderland is a case study of the origins and effects of material evolution.

The book’s design and production values, such as cover design, paper stock and binding method, constitute its materiality; the multiple materialities of a title that is republished in a number of editions, or repackagings, constitute what this paper calls the title’s material evolution. How is the title materially differentiated from one edition to the next? What is the impact of each edition? Body text and illustrations are mutable content that is framed and commodified by the book’s materiality, and, by extension, the title’s material evolution. Analyzing multiple editions of a single title isolates the variable of editorial content and throws into relief its evolving material contexts.

Alice by Design: The Victorian Material Evolution of Wonderland
Friday, March 10, 2017
2:30-4:00pm
AQ 6106, SFU Burnaby campus


Print Culture Speakers Series—Slow Print: William Morris and Socialist Print Culture

Dr. Elizabeth C. Miller will be presenting her talk “Slow Print: William Morris and Socialist Print Culture” in Special Collections and Rare Books on Friday, February 10, as part of the Print Culture Speakers Series. Dr. Miller’s talk will reference items from the Library’s Robert Coupe Collection of works by and about William Morris.

This talk situates William Morris within a flourishing, late-nineteenth-century radical print culture that Miller terms “slow print” due to its purposeful rejection of the strategies of mass print production. While Morris’s work as editor for the Socialist League’s newspaper Commonweal in the 1880s has sometimes been considered at odds with his founding of the Kelmscott Press in the 1890s, the two print adventures are united by a shared goal to reclaim the means of print production from a newly consolidated late-Victorian mass print industry.

Simon Fraser University’s outstanding Morris collection, inclusive of radical ephemera as well as Kelmscott volumes and other examples of fine printing, will be on display in conjunction with the talk so the audience can examine the works for themselves.

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Dr. Elizabeth Miller is professor of English at the University of California at Davis. She is the author of numerous articles and essays on Victorian print culture, radical politics in 19th century England, Oscar Wilde, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and more recently ecocriticism and Victorian studies. Dr. Miller’s first book, Framed: The New Woman Criminal in British Culture at the Fin de Siècle (University of Michigan, 2008) examined late Victorian crime narratives to understand the figure of the glamorous New Woman criminal.

In Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture (Stanford, 2013), Miller explored Britain’s radical press from 1880-1910; Slow Print won the award for best book of the year from the North American Victorian Studies Association and was an honorable mention for the 2014 Modernist Studies Association best book prize. Her newest work is on ecology and capital in 19th century British literature and culture.

This talk will take place on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm at W.A.C. Bennett Library [SFU Burnaby], Special Collections and Rare Books, Room 7100.

Free event, no registration required.