Prof. Gary Taylor
, Director of History of Text Technologies
at Florida State University
explains that FSU has recently made five senior and three junior appointments in book history, and plan further appointments. I thought BSANZ members would be interested to know more concerning these appointments. The following details were provided by Prof. Taylor:
Prof. François Dupuigrenet Desroussilles
(Interdisciplinary Humanities): for two decades rare book curator in the Bibliothèque Nationale, one of the world's finest collections of manuscripts and early printed books, where he organized such exhibitions as "God's Kingdom. The Bible in France from saint Louis to the Revolution." A specialist in the literary and visual cultures of France and Italy he taught for many years the history of the book and the history of communication in the universities of Geneva, Lugano and Lyon while directing the French national school for chief librarians.
Prof. Elaine Treharne
(English): Treharne works on English manuscripts of the early medieval period, their contexts of production, their physical compilation and their cultural significance. She is the Principal Investigator of a five-year project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, "The Production and Use of English Manuscripts, 1060 to 1220." Treharne is Chair of the Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland, Convenor of the English Association's Research Group "The History of Books and Texts", and an Editor of Review of English Studies, Speculum and Literature Compass.
Assoc. Prof. Anne E. B. Coldiron
(English): Coldiron specializes in late-medieval and Renaissance literature. Her research focuses on French-English literary relations, translation, poetics, and early printing, with special attention to cross-cultural aspects of textual transmission. She has held, among other awards, Folger research grants, a Kluge Fellowship in the Library of Congress, and an NEH fellowship.
Assoc. Prof. David L. Gants (English): Gants was formerly Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing at the University of New Brunswick. He publishes on bibliographical, textual, and technological matters, and is the Electronic Editor of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson. He is also director of the Early English Booktrade Database project, which seeks to describe, quantify, and classify every book in the STC period.
Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Spiller (English): Spiller is the author of "Science, Reading, and Renaissance Literature" (Cambridge, 2004), a study of the historic emergence of literature and science that focuses on the role of reading in the creation of knowledge. She has just completed an NEH Fellowship to pursue work on her current book, "Reading in Color: Race, Romance, and the Complexion of Early Modern Print Culture," a project that examines how reading practices contributed to the creation of racial identities in early modern culture. She is also the editor of a two volume collection of seventeenth century English recipe books (Ashgate, forthcoming).
Dr Ilaria Andreoli (assistant to the HOTT director) specializes in art history, particularly 16th c. French and Italian book illustration.
Dr Stephanie Leitch (assistant professor, Art History) specializes in 16th c. German prints.
Dr Crisobal Silva (assistant professor, English) specializes in early American epidemiology and its relationship to print culture.
FSU will be advertising for a senior position in 17th c. French book history late in 2007, and for three more junior positions in 2009.