Department of English

University of Toronto

Event date: Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Book History and Print Culture presents

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Possible approaches and topics include, but are not limited to, the following:


? Underground printing and the black market book trade

? Criminals of the book world: thieves, forgers, fences, smugglers, and pirates

? Exploitative, abusive, & fraught relationships between authors, editors, etc.

? Books that are sites for theft, libel, smuggling, and other crimes

? Marginalia, dog earring, and other “crimes” against books

? Toxic, diseased, and destructive books

? “Mad” books: counterintuitive book design

? The material uses of books that inspired criminal acts

? The bodily sacrifices of livestock to produce book materials

? Censorship: persecuted printers, exiled authors, banned books, & outlawed audiences

? Prescriptive definitions of audiences

? Propaganda and the use of print to exert state control

? Distribution, consumption, and collection as means of defiance or protest

? Books as prized, collectible, contested, contraband, or dangerous items

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