Please join us for the next humanities forum featuring Joshua Kotin, associate professor of English at Princeton University. He is also an affiliated faculty member in the Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and an associated faculty member at the University Center for Human Values. His research and teaching focus on modernism, poetry and poetics, and American literature.
The Shakespeare and Company Project
In 1919, an American named Sylvia Beach opened an English-language bookshop and lending library in Paris. She called it Shakespeare and Company and it quickly became the meeting place of a community of expatriate writers and artists that included Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and James Joyce. In 1922, Beach published Joyce’s Ulysses under the Shakespeare and Company imprint — a feat that changed the course of literary history.
The Shakespeare and Company Project uses records from Beach’s archives to illuminate what members of the bookshop and lending library read and where they lived. The Project also details how expatriate life in Paris changed from World War I to the Nazi Occupation of France.
This talk will present an introduction to the project, focusing on the transformation of archival materials into data, and the use of data to understand and revise the history of modernism.