A.S.W. Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography


Bitstreams: The Future of Digital Literary Heritage

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Matthew Kirschenbaum delivered the 2016 A.S.W. Rosenbach Lectures, “Bitstreams: The Future of Digital Literary Heritage” on March 14th, 15th, and 17th in the Class of 1978 Pavilion in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts which is located on the sixth floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.

"The Transformissions of the Archive: Literary Remainders in the Late Age of Print." March 14, 2016. View the video.

"The Poetics of Macintosh: Recovering the Digital Poetry of Kamau Brathwaite and William Dickey." March 15, 2016. View the video.

"The RESTful Book: Bibliography and Bookish Media." March 17, 2016. View the video.


Matthew Kirschenbaum, Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, describes the lectures as an assessment of the future of literary heritage—archives, public memory, and scholarship in the face of the ubiquity of computers as instruments of composition, editing, and book design; the distribution of books through multiple media formats and platforms; the profusion of the literary conversation online; and the hybridity of the contemporary media archive.

Matthew Kirschenbaum has written and collaborated in the publishing of four books and often speaks and writes on the topics of Digital Humanities and New Media. His work has received coverage in The Atlantic, Slate, The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, Wired, Boing Boing, Slashdot, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Rosenbach Lecture, Penn Libraries, Rare Books, Kislak

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Date Posted: 21 February 2017