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Why Teach Humanities Students Letterpress Printing

Wednesday 5 February 17:00 until 19:00
Sussex Humanities Lab, SILVERSTONE SB211, Arts Road, Falmer, BN1 9RG
Speaker: Professor Gabriel Egan (De Montfort University)
Part of the series: SHL SEMINAR SERIES SPRING 2020

Much of the textual material we encounter comes to us in the form of printed documents made with the letterpress technology invented by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century. It is all too easy for the reader to 'look through' the printed page and imagine they are hearing the words, the thoughts even, of the writer. But printed documents are made objects - they are constructions - and the mediating technology is important. When students understand the technological constraints of letterpress printing, they gain new insights into textual culture in print. How can we appreciate and demarcate different agents' inputs to a final printed book? What counts as error? And whose hand and mind was responsible for each component? Practical experience of letterpress printing enables us to read afresh the printed page itself.

By: Kate Malone
Last updated: Wednesday, 15 January 2020