The Bibliographical Society of America presents Early Modern Typography/Race/Gender Roundtable

  • 05/19/2021
  • 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
  • 5/19/2021 | 3:00 PM CT/4:00 PM ET Virtual Event Advance registration required via website.


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This roundtable will discuss how early modern typography—broadly construed as the design and disposition of type on the page and within the bounds of the book—was anything but a neutral container for the publication of early modern writing. Indeed, the very idea of black ink on white paper was frequently used to produce and mediate discourses of race and gender in plays, poems, and other literary and non-literary texts printed in the period. Panelists will discuss from various angles the metaphorics and literal uses of type, ink, paper, and the mechanics of printing to demonstrate how textual design functioned as a site for negotiating and securing a discourse of whiteness that—in effect and in reality—marginalized non-conforming bodies and identities. We will also discuss whether early modern typography might challenge this discourse.

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