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(Fall 2014) Studies in Renaissance Literature: Sequels and Series Publishing "The Making of a Broadside Ballad" (Graduate)
This course is designed as a sequel or extension of the course I taught last year in Winter '14 on early modern ballad culture and popular print. As the students and I explored making ballads in all their materiality, from ourselves making paper broadside sheets in UCSB's Art Studio, to learning the distinctive tricks that go into ballad writing, to fitting tunes to such texts (with the help of EBBA's ethnomusicologists), to setting type and printing our own self-created ballads on our own self-created paper at the UC-Riverside Print Shop, the entire class (instructor included) underwent a radical discovery. In a major way we came to understand that so much that is involved in the "making" of a printed artifact--especially of a single ballad sheet of printed, illustrated, and (as indicated in the printed tune title) sung text--influences our perception of what ballads "are" and how they would have been received in their own time. So much did our "makings" change our "interpretations," that we realized we had in a fresh and important way redefined the methods of research on print and material culture. We thus decided to publish our discoveries in a six-issue special series of the Early Modern Center's *emcImprint* (a new refereed, online journal produced by the EMC). Co-editing these special issues with myself are Professor Andrew Griffin and Dr. Carl Stahmer (EBBA Associate Director).

Making Events

(2/27/2015) Making, Unmaking, and Remaking the Early Modern Era: 1500-1800
The EMC announces its fourteenth annual winter conference, and the theme for this year is Making. Our keynote speakers are Professor of English Patricia Fumerton (Santa Barbara) and Seth Low Professor of History Pamela H. Smith (Columbia).
(11/7/2014) Special Colloquium on the Commonplace Book w/ Deidre Lynch
SH 2510, 10 AM - 12 PM

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