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Dr Sarah Werner, Feminist Bibliographical Praxis

Convened by Dr Elizabeth Savage

The study of how books were made and how we interpret the signs of their making has been shaped predominantly by men. And while a feminist approach to book history has been growing, with studies of women in the book trade, as textual scholars, and as librarians increasingly being pursued, we still need a consideration of what a feminist praxis of studying the making of books could be. 

The lecture will address the need for a feminist approach to bibliography through the lenses of feminist theory and bibliographical prctices. Arguing that a feminist praxis of bibliography does not focus on the matter that is studied but the approaches to the materials and the questions asked of it, Dr Werner will model a way of teaching and opening up the study of books that attendees will be able to bring to their own research and classrooms.

This lecture forms part of the London Rare Books School programme - all are welcome to attend.

Dr Sarah Werner (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is a book historian and digital scholar based in Washington, DC, and the author of Studying Early Printed Books 1450–1800: A Practical Guide and the accompanying resource EarlyPrintedBooks.com.