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CFP: Forms and formats: Experimenting with print, 1695-1815

Submission deadline: February 15, 2014

Conference date(s):
September 8, 2014 - September 9, 2014

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Conference Venue:

Centre for the Study of the Book, University of Oxford, Bodleian Libraries
Oxford, United Kingdom

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From broadside ballads and Lilliputian folios to printed engravings and manuals, from newspapers and pamphlets to abridgements and anthologies, a vast variety of print circulated in eighteenth-century Britain and its colonies. How did authors, printers, engravers or booksellers experiment with new forms of publication and with what results? To what extent did regulations related to copyright, taxation, or postal distribution affect the choices of authors and publishers? How did changes in printing format (octavo, duodecimo, etc.) alter the experiences of readers and reveal changes in the book trade?

Papers could examine a specific text or image as it appeared across different formats, or consider a particular category (the monthly magazine, the advertisement, the abridged novel, etc.) in relation to its material form(s). Whether focusing on the evolution of techniques and materials or the changing practices of authors and readers, conference participants are encouraged to include analysis of works held by one of the host libraries-- The Bodleian Library, Jesus College Fellows’ Library, and Oriel College Senior Library. Copies of relevant works will be displayed during the conference.

Please supply a 300-word proposal and a one-page C.V. by 15 February  2014 to:


Dr. Christine Ferdinand (Magdalen College, University of Oxford), Pr. James Raven (University of Essex).


Oxford: The Bodleian Library and Oriel College Senior Library (featuring the 18th-century collection of Edward Leigh, 5th Baron Leigh).


Centre for the Study of the Book
Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.

Centre for Research on the English-Speaking World (CREC/CREW)
Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris 3.

Dr Louisiane Ferlier
Dr Bénédicte Miyamoto
Dr Will Slauter


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