April 24, 2015, University of California, Santa Barbara
Margaret Ezell, Distinguished Professor of English and Sara and John Lindsey Chair of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University, will present the keynote lecture for the conference, titled “‘Burn when read’: Some Thoughts on Manuscript Cultures after the Expiration of the Licensing Act (1695).”
Playing gently with W.J.T. Mitchell’s What do Pictures Want: The Lives and Loves of Images, I will in this talk reconsider what handwritten texts want from their readers. I want to use the occasion of the conference and its presentations to revisit the continuities found in texts created in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries with those created in the eighteenth and early nineteenth, as well as what appears to change with increasing access to printers and presses and the expanding variety of print entertainments and audiences.