Blake and the Book: The Materiality of Books in the Life and Times of William Blake: Call for Papers St. Mary’s University College, 18 April 1998
Proposals are invited for 30-minute papers on all aspects of William Blake and the production, consumption, and reading of books. Blake was involved throughout his life in the illustration of texts (his own and those of others); he subscribed to books by friends; he created “bookworks” that sought to bypass his period’s normal avenues of publication. The general theme of the conference is the book as material object in Blake’s time. Morris Eaves (University of Rochester) will deliver the keynote address, “Graphicality: The Problem with Pictures.”
Suggested topics might include: Blake’s relationship to children’s books, emblem books, book illustration, booksellers and publishers, book collecting, printing technology and other aspects of the art, culture, economics, market, history, and production of books in the romantic period. Abstracts (2 copies) of no more than 400 words should be sent to: Keri Davies, Blake Conference, St. Mary’s University College, Waldegrave Road, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham TW1 4SX, UK. Fax: +44 (0) 181-967 9376. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.