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Working Towards a Feminist History of Printing

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Book historian Sarah Werner draws on her experience of writing a book introducing handpress printing to explore how to create a feminist history of printing. Looking at how scholars, theorists, artists, and poets have talked about the acts of printing and being a female maker, she weaves a practice of historical connections and present acts that makes a case for the necessity of opening our field to all questioners. Speaker Biography: Sarah Werner is a book historian and digital scholar based in Washington, D.C., who describes herself as an independent librarian. She taught early modern printing history at the Folger Shakespeare Library for nearly a decade and is the author of "Studying Early Printed Books 1450-1800: A Practical Guide." She is also the author of "Shakespeare and Feminist Performance: Ideology on Stage" and numerous articles on theater practice, book history and digital practices. Last year, she gave the Pforzheimer Lecture at the Harry Ransom Center on "Early Digital Facsimiles" and has been a plenary speaker at RBMS and part of the Rare Book School lecture series. Her current project is a technological and cultural study of facsimiles. For transcript and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=8625
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