Book History and Literacies
IN RECENT YEARS more than a dozen
faculty members, graduate students, and other associates of the Department
of English at the University of Minnesota have advanced research in areas
related to book history as well as to cultural and social conditions for
literacy. This page documents some of their undertakings in this field.
For information about the many institutions
at the University and elsewhere in Minnesota that encourage such research,
Except as noted, the Department of English is the site of the teaching
appointment or the academic degree mentioned.
Augst, Associate Professor
Bagley, Professor Emeritus, Department of Educational Policy and
Administration, College of Education and Human Development
“The Family Bible, Deluxe Edition” (review of Colleen McDannell,
Christianity: Religion and Popular Culture in America).
Review 3 (1996).
“Making Society out of Books: Character, Self-Fashioning, and the Rhetoric
of Market Culture in Nineteenth-Century America.” Dissertation, Harvard
“The Business of Reading in Nineteenth-Century America: The New York Mercantile
Library.” American Quarterly 50 (1998): 267–305.
Clerk's Tale: Young Men and Moral Life in Nineteenth-Century America.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.
W. Beach, Wallace Professor of Teaching and Learning, College of
Education and Human Development.
“English Dictionary Definitions of ‘Emblem’ and ‘Device’ from Elyot to
Johnson.” Emblematica 4 (1989): 177–99.
“Chiron the Educator.” Emblems in Glasgow: A Collection of Essays Drawing
on the Stirling Maxwell Collection in Glasgow University Library. Ed.
Alison Adams. Glasgow: University of Glasgow French and German Publications,
“Whitney’s Education Emblems.” The Emblem in Renaissance and Baroque
Europe: Tradition and Variety. Ed. Alison Adams and Anthony J. Harper.
Symbola et Emblemata 3. Leiden: Brill, 1992. 118–31.
“Childhood Education in Emblem Books of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries.”
“Some Pedagogical Uses of the Emblem in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century
England.” Emblematica 7 (1993): 1–22.
Ed., with Edward Griffin and Austin McLean. The
Telling Image: Explorations in the Emblem. AMS Studies in the Emblem
12. New York: AMS Press, 1996.
“Hercules in Emblem Books.” Telling Image 69–95.
The Virtual Museum
of Education Iconics (2000). Web site including pages devoted to the
influential illustrated textbook Orbis
Sensualium Pictus (1658), and to sixteenth- and seventeenth-century
“A False Caxton ‘Embleme’ in the OED.” Word and Image 18
Associate Professor, Department of French and Italian
Ed., with David Pearson. Perspectives on Literacy. Urbana, IL: National
Council of Teachers of English, 1979.
Ed., with Judith Green, Michael Kamil, and Tim Shanahan. Multidisciplinary
Perspectives on Literacy Research. Urbana, IL: National Conference
on Research in English and National Council of Teachers of English, 1992.
2nd ed. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, forthcoming.
A Teacher’s Introduction to Theories of Response to Literature.
Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 1993.
“Critical Discourse Theory and Reader Response: How Discourses Constitute
Reader Stances and Social Contexts,” Reader 37 (1997), 1–26.
“Reading and Responding at the Level of Activity.” Journal of Literacy
Research 32 (2000), 237–52.
“Using Media-Ethnographies to Study Response to Media as Activity.” Reconceptualizing
Literacy in the Media Age. Ed. Ann Watts Pailliotet and Peter Mosenthal.
Advances in Reading/Language Research 7. Stamford, CT: JAI-Ablex, 2000.
With Jamie Myers. “Hypermedia Authoring as Critical Literacy.” Journal
of Adolescent and Adult Literacy 44 (2001): 538-65.
With Lee Galda. “Theory and Research into Practice: Response to Literature
as a Cultural Activity.”
Reading Research Quarterly 36 (2001): 64-73.
Crain, Associate Professor
Betty Bright, independent art historian and curator; former
curator, Minnesota Center for Book Arts; Ph.D. 2000, Department of Art
Pick up the Book, Turn the Page and Enter the System: Books by Sol Le
Witt. Minneapolis: Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1988.
“The Copier Book as Cultural Reporter and Provocateur: Its Technological
and Philosophical Roots in the Avant-Garde.” Copier Books. Minneapolis:
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1990. Unpaged.
A Kelmscott Centennial: William Morris and His Heirs, Leonard Baskin,
Claire Van Vliet and Victor Hammer. Minneapolis: Minnesota Center for
Book Arts, 1991.
Completing the Circle: Artists’ Books on the Environment.
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1992.
Off the Shelf and On-Line: Computers Move the Book Arts into Twenty-First
Century Design. Minneapolis: Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1992.
Contemporary Classics: The Illustrated Book Redefined. Minneapolis:
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1993.
“No Longer Innocent: The Book Arts in America, 1960–1980.” Dissertation,
“Some Versions, Texts, and Readings of ‘To Althea, from Prison.’”
of the Bibliographical Society of America 68 (1974): 225–35.
“Literary Handbooks: A Critical Survey.” Literary Research Newsletter
5 (1980): 67–87.
“Old Light on the Text of King Lear.” Modern Philology 78
“‘Is this the promis’d end?’ Revision in the Role of the King.” The
Division of the Kingdoms: Shakespeare’s Two Versions of “King Lear.”
Ed. Gary Taylor and Michael Warren. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983. 121–41.
“The Texts and Publishing Vicissitudes of Peter Nichols’s
Library: The Transactions of the Bibliographical Society 9 (1987):
Ed., The “Hamlet” First Published (Q1, 1603): Origins, Form, Intertextualities.
Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1992.
“Today We Have Parting of Names: A Preliminary Inquiry into Some Speech-(Be)Headings
in Coriolanus.” Shakespeare’s Speech-Headings: The Bibliographer,
the Editor, and the Critic. Ed. George Walton Williams. Newark: University
of Delaware Press, 1997. 61–99.
Relevant work in progress: editing Coriolanus for The New Variorum
Shakespeare (New York: Modern Language Association).
K. Dickinson, Principal, Only
Goldberg, Assistant Professor
Story of A: The Alphabetization of America from The New England Primer
The Scarlet Letter. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2000.
Awarded the Modern Language Association Prize
for a First Book, 2001.
“Print and Everyday Life in the Eighteenth Century.” Perspectives on
American Book History: Artifacts and Commentary. Studies in Print Culture
and the History of the Book. Ed. Scott Casper, Joanne Chaison, and Jeff
Groves. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2002. 47-78.
“Children of Media, Children as Media: Optical Telegraphs, Indian Pupils,
and Joseph Lancaster’s System for Cultural Replication.” New Media,
1750–1914. Media in Transition. Ed. Lisa Gitelman and Geoff Pingree.
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003. 61-90.
Laura J. Gurak,
Professor of Rhetoric, College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental
Sciences; and Director, Internet
“The Rise of Romantic Professionalism: William Wordsworth, Robert Southey,
and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.” Dissertation, Indiana University, 1995.
“Romantic Professionalism in 1800: Robert Southey, Herbert Croft, and the
Letters and Legacy of Thomas Chatterton.” ELH 63 (1996): 681–706.
“‘Ministry More Palpable’: William Wordsworth and the Making of Romantic
Professionalism.” Studies in Romanticism 36 (1997): 327–47.
“‘A Sea Reflecting Love: Tennyson, Shelley, and the Aesthetics of the Image
in the Marketplace.”Modern Language Quarterly: A Journal of Literary
History 59 (1998): 71–97.
“Black Gates and Fiery Galleries: Eastern Architecture in The
Fall of Hyperion.” Studies in Romanticism 39 (2000): 229–54.
“Toward Consistency in Visual Information: Standardized Icons Based on
Task.” Technical Communication 39 (1992): 33–37.
With Nancy L. Bayer. “Making Gender Visible: Applying Feminist Critiques
of Technology to Technical Communication.” Technical Communication Quarterly
3 (1994): 257–70.
“Technology, Community, and Technical Communication on the Internet.” Journal
of Business and Technical Communication 10 (1996): 81–99.
Persuasion and Privacy
in Cyberspace: The Online Protests over Lotus Marketplace and Clipper Chip.
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 1997.
“Technical Communication, Copyright, and the Shrinking Public Domain.”
and Composition 14 (1997): 329–42.
With Christine Silker. “Technical Communication Research Methods: From
Traditional to Virtual.” Technical Communication Quarterly 6 (Winter
With James P. Zappen and Stephen Doheny-Farina. “Rhetoric, Community, and
Cyberspace.” Rhetoric Review 15 (1997): 400–19.
“The Promise and the Peril of Social Action in Cyberspace: Ethos, Delivery,
and the Protests over Marketplace and the Clipper Chip.” Communities
in Cyberspace. Ed. Marc A. Smith and Peter Kollock. London:
With Lee-Ann Kastman. “Conducting Technical Communication Research via
the Internet: Guidelines for Privacy, Permissions, and Ownership in Educational
Research.” Technical Communication 46 (1999).
Presentations for Technical Communication. Boston: Allyn and Bacon,
With John M. Lannon. A
Concise Guide to Technical Communication. New York: Longman, 2001.
2nd ed. 2004.
Navigating the Internet with Awareness. New Haven, CT: Yale University
Nelson Hoyle, Professor, University of Minesota Libraries, and
Curator, Children’s Literature
The Tenniel Illustrations to the Alice Books. Columbus: Ohio
State University Press, 1985.
“Bagpipe and Distaff: Interpreting Dictionary Illustrations.”
10 (1988): 93–109.
“Bailey and After: Illustrating Meaning.” Word and Image 8 (1992):
British Periodicals at Minnesota:
The Early Nineteenth Century (1995). Chronological handlist, with index.
“Illustrations” (part of a forum, “Centennial Celebration of The Century
Dictionary”). Dictionaries 17 (1996): 79–115.
“Tenniel’s Allegorical Cartoons.” Telling
“Definition, Pictorial Illustration, and Locke’s
Essay Concerning Human
Understanding.” Eleventh Biennial Meeting, Dictionary Society of North
America. University of Wisconsin, Madison, 30 May 1997.
at The Imperial Dictionary.” Book History 1 (1998): 156–81.
“Reading the Visual Text: A Christmas Carol.”
Library Gazette 74 (1999): 21–40.
“Words and Pictures: Goodman vs. Gombrich.” Twelfth Biennial Meeting, Dictionary
Society of North America. University of California–Berkeley, 27–29 May
“Stealing Dickens’s Child: Parley’s Illuminated Library and A
Christmas Carol.” Annual Conference (“Victorian Encounters: Editors,
Publishers, and Readers”), Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP).
Birkbeck College, University of London, 20–22 July 2000.
“From Street Ballad to Penny Magazine: ‘March of Intellect In the Butchering
Media and the Construction of Identities. Ed. Laurel Brake, David
Finkelstein, and Bill Bell. Basingstoke, Eng.: Palgrave, 2000. 93–103.
“An Imagined World: The Imperial Gazetteer.” Divided
Selves: The British Press and Imperial Co-Histories. Ed. Julie
Codell. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2003. 45–67.
“Littera scripta manet: Blackstone and Electronic Text.” Studies
in Bibliography 54 (2001 ): 115–32.
“The Number Trade at Blackie and Son.” Publishing History 55 (2004):
“Familiar Quotations.” Harvard Library Bulletin, n.s. 14 (2003 ):
“The Fidelity of the Text and Illustrations of Selected Danish Children’s
Diction Translated and Published in Great Britain and the United States,
Excluding Works by Hans Christian Andersen.” Dissertation, School of Library
Science, University of Minnesota, 1975.
“Resources for Study of Black Children’s Literature at the University of
Minnesota.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 13 (1988):
Wanda Gag. New York: Twayne, 1994.
“Scandinavian Writer/Illustrator: Bicultural Contribution to American Children’s
Literature.” Aspects and Issues in the History of Children’s Literature
60 (1995): 89–95.
“Sources for Research on Nancy Drew.” Rediscovering
Nancy Drew. Ed. Carolyn Stewart Dyer and Nancy Tillman Romalov.
Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1995. 181–86.
“The Kerlan Collection.” The
Lion and the Unicorn 22 (1998): 319–22.
Michele Moylan, Ph.D. 1994
Review of David Aers and Lynn Staley, The Powers of the Holy: Religion,
Politics, and Gender in Late Medieval English Culture.
73 (1998): 142–43.
Review of Anne Hudson and Pamela Gradon, English Wycliffite Sermons,
vols. 4 and 5. Speculum 74 (1999): 420–21.
“New Books about Women and Writing” (review essay).
Families: Women’s Literate Practice in Fifteenth-Century England.
Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2002.
Professor, University of Minesota Libraries
“Performing the American Nineteenth-Century Novel: Readers and the Cultural
Construction of Meaning.” Dissertation, 1994.
Ed., with Lane Stiles. Reading
Books: Essays on the Material Text and Literature in America. Studies
in Print Culture and the History of the Book. Amherst, MA: University of
Massachustts Press, 1996.
“Materiality as Performance: The Forming of Helen Hunt Jackson’s
“Americans Abroad: A Bibliographical Study of American Travel Literature,
1625–1800.” Dissertation, Program in American Studies, University of Minnesota,
Ed. with William McPheron, Stephen Lehmann, and Craig Likness.
and American literature: Sources and Strategies for Collection Development.
ACRL Publications in Librarianship. Chicago: American Library Association,
With Pollyanna Holland. Black African Literature. Library Guides
in International Studies 12. Minneapolis, MN: Institute of International
Studies and Wilson Library, Humanities/Social Sciences Libraries, University
of Minnesota, 1989
With Jon Pankake. A Prairie Home Companion Folk Song Book. New York:
Viking, 1988. Rpt. London: Faber and Faber, 1989; New York: Penguin, 1990.
A Prairie Home Commonplace Book: 25 Years On the Air
With Garrison Keillor. St. Paul, MN: HighBridge Company, 1999.
Lane Stiles, Director,
Press, and Senior Editor, Mid-List
for Editing Walden.” Computers and the Humanities 15 (1981),
With Stephen Adams. Revising
Mythologies: The Composition of Thoreau’s Major Works. Charlottesville:
University Press of Virginia, 1988.
for Writers’ Workstations in the Coming Decade.” Evolving Perspectives
on Computers and Composition Studies: Questions for the 1990s. Ed.
Gail E. Hawisher and Cynthia L. Selfe. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 1991. 84–110.
Ed., with Jim Schramer. American
Travel Writers, 1776–1850. Dictionary of Literary Biography Series
183. Detroit: Gale Research, 1997.
Ed., with Jim Schramer. American
Travel Writers, 1850–1900. Dictionary of Literary Biography Series
189, Detroit: Gale Research, 1998.
Work in progress: a study of famous American travel writers who went to
England in the 1840s and 1850s, with special attention to their publishing
history, and interactions with each other and with their publishers.
Timothy Sweet, Ph.D.
1988; Associate Professor of English, West Virginia University
Ed., with Michele Moylan. Reading Books: Essays
on the Material Text and Literature in America. Studies in Print Culture
and the History of the Book. Amherst, MA: University of Massachustts Press,
“Packaging Literature for the High Schools: From the Riverside Literature
Series to Literature and Life.” Reading Books 248–75.
Ph.D. 1999; Assistant Professor of English, Westfield State College, Massacusetts
Wadsworth, Ph.D. 2000; Assistant Professor of English, Marquette
of War: Poetry, Photography, and the Crisis of the Union. Parallax:
Re-Visions of Culture and Society. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University
“Photography and the Museum of Rome in Hawthorne’s
The Marble Faun.”
Reading Photographs and Literature. Ed. Marsha Bryant. Newark, DE:
University of Delaware Press, 1996. 25–42.
“Bernard Shaw and His Biographer.” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly
17 (1994): 339–66.
With Laura K. Dickinson.
Commercial History of a Penny Magazine,” by Charles Knight (unsigned).
Magazine of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge 2 (1833).
Hypertext edition of a detailed exposition of early-nineteenth-century
printing practices, written by a leading publisher and social reformer.
For details about the preparation of this edition see Laura K. Dickinson
and Sarah A. Wadsworth, “The
Making (and Remaking) of the Penny Magazine: An Electronic Edition
of Charles Knight’s ‘The Commercial History of a Penny Magazine,’”
Gutenberg-Jahrbuch 72 (1997): 289–97.
Graphic: Influences of the Graphical User Interface on the Design of Instructional
Texts.” TEXT Technology: The Journal of Computer Text Processing
6 (1996): 108–27.
“Book Publishing in the Eighteenth Century.” History of the Mass Media
in the United States: An Encyclopedia. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishing,
Knight and Sir Francis Bond Head: Two Early Victorian Perspectives on Printing
and the Allied Trades.” Victorian Periodicals Review 31 (1998):
“Reading the Marketplace: The Culture of the Book in Nineteenth-Century
America.” Dissertation, 2000.
Hawthorne, Samuel Goodrich, and the Transformation of the Juvenile Fiction
Market.” Nathaniel Hawthorne Review 26 (2000): 1–24.
Blue and Gold Mystique: Reading the Material Text in Louisa May Alcott’s
‘Pansies’ and Ticknor and Fields’s Blue and Gold Series.” Harvard
Library Bulletin, n.s. 11 (2000): 55-80.
May Alcott, William T. Adams, and the Rise of Gender-Specific Series Books.”
Lion and the Unicorn 25 (2001): 17-46.
, Professor of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch
Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales.
London: Heinemann, 1979.
Victorian Fairy Tales: The Revolt of the Fairies and Elves. New
York: Methuen, 1987.
The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World.
New York: Routledge, 1988. 2nd ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
Fairy Tale as Myth / Myth as Fairy Tale. Lexington: University Press
of Kentucky, 1994.
Creative Storytelling: Building Community, Changing Lives. New York:
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children, and the Culture Industry.
New York: Routledge, 1997.
When Dreams Came True: Classical Fairy Tales and their Tradition.
New York: Routledge, 1999.
Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children’s Literature
from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter. New York: Routledge, 2000.
Ed., The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales. Oxford: Oxford University
Lion and the Unicorn.
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the University and elsewhere in Minnesota that encourage research in book
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