Wednesday, May 31, 2017
LIB-Library 405 - Open Space
How should scholars position the role of the humble schoolbook in conveying the powerful message of imperial greatness to generations of children? Conveyed indirectly through reiterations of the Whig narrative of English greatness, historical writing reinforced three of the most persistent (though thoroughly debunked) myths of modernity: that literacy, the printing press, and a culture of the written word are the necessary preconditions of civilization. After offering some examples of how schoolbooks worked, and how they travelled, the lecture will propose a digital humanities solution to the historiographical and bibliographical challenges described.
Speakers: Leslie Howsam, Professor Emerita and Distinguished Professor of History, University of Windsor