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Andrew Stauffer Public Lecture

Andrew Stauffer
April 16, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Gerber Lounge (304 EPB)

Gardens of Verse: Poems, Flowers, & Nineteenth-Century Readers

Stauffer's talk leads us down a garden path to pressed botanicals in books of poems and their relationship to Anglo-American verse of the 19th century--as written, published, and read--Forget-Me-Not anthologies, post-Romantic nature poetry, and the cultural language of flowers. Examples discovered via Book Traces suggest poets like Felicia Hemans and Jean Ingelow lured readers with floral, botanical practices; publishers and illustrators designed books around flowers; and readers inserted blossoms and buds between the leaves. That is why we must preserve individual copies and the histories of female readerships they contain, especially in this moment of digitizing print collections and the downsizing libraries.  

Andrew Stauffer is an associate professor of English at the University of Virginia, where he directs the Book Traces project and the NINES digital collective. He is the author of Anger, Revolution, and Romanticism (Cambridge, 2005), and the editor of works by Robert Browning and H. Rider Haggard. He has held fellowships from the NEH, ACLS, and the Advanced Research Collaborative at CUNY, and has published widely on Romantic and Victorian poetry.

Sponsored by Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry, the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa Libraries, and the Department of English