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Jane Eyre as Material Text: The Lives and Afterlives of a ‘Classic’

Case Western Reserve University, Kelvin Smith Library

  • Date Thursday, April 19, 2018
  • Time 12:00PM - 1:00PM
  • Location Kelvin Smith Library
    11055 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44106
Case Western Reserve University, Kelvin Smith Library

Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) is the main library supporting the teaching and research of Case Western Reserve University with emphasis given to the College of Arts and Sciences, the Case School of Engineering, and the Weatherhead School of Management. KSL... more

Kelvin Smith Library is proud to present “Jane Eyre as Material Text: The Lives and Afterlives of a ‘Classic’”a talk by Dr. John A. Buchtel, Director of the Booth Family Center for Special Collections at Georgetown University.

Book historian Roger Chartier describes the process by which a “text passes from one published form to another order, transforming the text itself and constituting a new public.” This talk follows the trajectory of one “classic” text, Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre. Following its first edition in 1847, Jane Eyre has gone through hundreds of transformations: illustrated editions, cheap reprints, mass-market paperbacks, translations, abridgments, comic books, adaptations for stage and screen. What kinds of questions about the culture and commerce of a “classic” text might be made possible by collecting and preserving such multifarious, ephemeral manifestations, and by cultivating an attentiveness to their changed and changing physical features?

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Special Collections at Kelvin Smith Library at 216-368-0189 or kslspecialcollections@case.edu

Jane Eyre as Material Text: The Lives and Afterlives of a ‘Classic’


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