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Join us for Dr. Elizabeth Miller's talk "Slow Print: William Morris and Socialist Print Culture"

Dr. Elizabeth C. Miller will be presenting her talk "Slow Print: William Morris and Socialist Print Culture" in Special Collections and Rare Books on Friday, February 10, as part of the Print Culture Speakers Series. Dr. Miller's talk will reference items from the Library's Robert Coupe Collection of works by and about William Morris.

Book from the Robert Coupe Collection

About the Talk

This talk situates William Morris within a flourishing, late-nineteenth-century radical print culture that Miller terms "slow print" due to its purposeful rejection of the strategies of mass print production. While Morris's work as editor for the Socialist League's newspaper Commonweal in the 1880s has sometimes been considered at odds with his founding of the Kelmscott Press in the 1890s, the two print adventures are united by a shared goal to reclaim the means of print production from a newly consolidated late-Victorian mass print industry. Simon Fraser University's outstanding Morris collection, inclusive of radical ephemera as well as Kelmscott volumes and other examples of fine printing, will be on display in conjunction with the talk so the audience can examine the works for themselves.

About the Speaker

Dr. Miller is professor of English at the University of California at Davis. She is the author of numerous articles and essays on Victorian print culture, radical politics in 19c England, Oscar Wilde, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and more recently ecocriticism and Victorian studies. Her first book, Framed: The New Woman Criminal in British Culture at the Fin de Siècle (University of Michigan, 2008) examined late Victorian crime narratives to understand the figure of the glamorous New Woman criminal. In Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture (Stanford, 2013), Miller explored Britain's radical press from 1880-1910; Slow Print won the award for best book of the year from the North American Victorian Studies Association and was an honorable mention for the 2014 Modernist Studies Association best book prize. Her newest work is on ecology and capital in 19c British literature and culture. 

Elizabeth Miller

Speaker(s)

Dr. Elizabeth C. Miller

Date(s)

February 10

Time

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Location

W.A.C. Bennett Library [SFU Burnaby], Special Collections and Rare Books, Room 7100

Registration information

Free event, no registration required

Sponsors

Sponsored by the SFU Department of English and the SFU Library. For information on SFU’s MA Specialization in Print Culture, please visit www.english.sfu.ca/print.

Contact for further information

Matthew Hussey, Email: mhussey@sfu.ca / Melanie Hardbattle, Email: mhardbat@sfu.ca