Printing and Reprinting the Great American Novel, 1789-1826 – October 6, 2022

Examine excerpts from three early novels and discuss how print operations shaped the genre’s form!

Session 1: Wednesday, September 7 5:30–7:00 pm ET
Session 2: Wednesday, September 21, 5:30–7:00 pm ET
Session 3: Thursday, October 6, 5:30–7:00 pm ET

Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
$150 for all three sessions
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This seminar explores how narrative prose was printed and reprinted in the format of the novel in the early United States. What can genres built around prose fiction reveal about the political operations of print in the early Republic? How does the novel’s printing and reprinting shape the genre’s development, readership, and form? We will be examining our often-overlooked fiction holdings as well as periodicals, journals, and other ephemera to explore how popular narrative prose reorganized the print landscape of the early nineteenth century United States.