Conference, Nov. 21-22: The Visual and the Verbal: Image/Text in American Print Culture to 1900

Paul Erickson Discussion

The Visual and the Verbal: Image/Text in American Print Culture to 1900

Location: American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts

Conference Dates: November 21-22, 2014

The Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC) and The Program in the History of the Book in American Culture (PHBAC) at the American Antiquarian Society will host a fall conference that will explore the relationship between images and words in early American printed materials. Papers will consider the rise of the image in print media not only as a result of technological developments but also cultural change. The interpretation of a wide variety of printed material will be considered including illustrated novels, periodical illustrations, pictorial weeklies, literary annuals, gift books, prints, broadsides, maps and atlases, post cards, political cartoons, and cook books. Speakers include scholars from a variety of disciplines including English, art history, history, and American studies. A special exhibit of related items from the American Antiquarian Society’s exemplary collections will be on display on Friday. Christopher Lukasik, Associate Professor of English & American Studies, Purdue University, will deliver the keynote address Irving’s Medium on Friday evening.

The registration fee of $75 ($50 student) includes the Friday night reception and lunch on Saturday. For more information or to register visit:

For further information contact Nan Wolverton at or Paul Erickson at