2017 Mark Samuels Lasner Collection Exhibition and Symposium

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Exhibition

“Victorian Passions: Stories from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection”

Curator: Margaret D. Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities

February 14 – June 3, 2017
Special Collections Gallery, Morris Library

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In celebration of the collection and the gift, the University of Delaware Library will host an exhibition, titled “Victorian Passions: Stories from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection” and curated by Margaret D. Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities — on view in Morris Library’s Special Collections Gallery from Feb. 14 through June 3, 2017.

Mark Samuels Lasner and his collection in the Morris Library. Privately owned but housed in the Library and associated and its Special Collections, the collection is comprised of over 9,000 works of British literature and art from 1850 to 1900, with an emphasis on the Pre-Raphaelites and on the writers and illustrators of the 1890s. - (Evan Krape / University of Delaware)

Mark Samuels Lasner and his collection in the Morris Library.
(Evan Krape / University of Delaware)

Symposium

“Celebrating the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection: Rare Books and Manuscripts, Victorian Literature and Art”

Keynote Speaker: Elaine Showalter, Professor Emerita of English at Princeton University

March 17 – 18, 2017
Reading Room, Morris Library

On March 17 and 18, 2017, the University of Delaware will host a two-day symposium, “Celebrating the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection: Rare Books and Manuscripts, Victorian Literature and Art.” In addition to Elaine Showalter, the speakers will include Mark Dimunation (Library of Congress), Barbara Heritage (Rare Book School, University of Virginia), Ed Maggs (Maggs Bros. Ltd., London), Joseph Bristow (UCLA), Linda K. Hughes (Texas Christian University), Margaretta S. Frederick (Delaware Art Museum), William S. Peterson (Emeritus, University of Maryland), David Taylor (UK historian and author), and Margaret D. Stetz (University of Delaware).

The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

Registration

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Lunch will be provided for registrants on Saturday, March 18.

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Symposium Schedule

All events take place in the Reading Room on the first floor of the Morris Library, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, March 17, 2017

3:00 – 4:30 pm Introduction

  • Janis Tomlinson, Director of Special Collections and Museums, University of Delaware

Exhibition Talk

  • Margaret D. Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities, University of Delaware, and curator of exhibition “Victorian Passions: Stories From the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection”
4:30 – 6:00 pm Welcome

  • Trevor A. Dawes, Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums and May Morris University Librarian, University of Delaware

Remarks

  • Dennis Assanis, President, University of Delaware
  • Domenico Grasso, Provost, University of Delaware

Keynote Lecture

  • Elaine Showalter, Professor Emerita of English, Princeton University
6:00 – 7:00 pm Reception and Viewing of “Victorian Passions” Exhibition

  • Atrium and Special Collections Gallery, second floor of Morris Library

 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

9:30 – 10:00 am Registration and Light Breakfast
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Morning Session
Welcome

  • Domenico Grasso, Provost, University of Delaware

Introductions

  • Timothy D. Murray, Head, Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library
  • Mark Dimunation, Chief, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress
  • “New Architectures for Reading: Why Building Special Collections Continues to Matter.” Barbara Heritage, Associate Director & Curator of Collections, Rare Book School, University of Virginia
  • “MSL. Reflections of and on a Friendship.” Ed Maggs, Maggs Brothers, Ltd., London, UK
  • 12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch for Registrants

    • Puglisi Orchestra Hall, Louise and David Roselle Center for the Arts

    Viewing of “Victorian Passions” Exhibition

    • Special Collections Gallery, second floor, Morris Library
    1:30 – 3:30 pm Afternoon Session
    Introductions

    • Iain Crawford, Associate Professor of English and Director, Undergraduate Research Program, University of Delaware
    • “Oscar Wilde, the Fairy Tale, and the Illustrated Book, 1888-1928.” Joseph Bristow, Distinguished Professor of English, UCLA
    • “Women’s Bodies and Books: Portraits of Victorian Women Poets.” Linda K. Hughes, Addie Levy Professor of Literature, Texas Christian University
    3:30 – 3:45 pm Break
    3:45 – 4:30 pm Panel focused on the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection
    Introductions

    • L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin, Librarian and Head, Manuscripts and Archives and Curator of the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Senatorial Papers, University of Delaware Library
    • “May Morris and Barbara Bodichon: Mining the MSL Collection for New Scholarship on Women in the Arts.” Margaretta S. Frederick, Chief Curator, and Annette Woolard-Provine Curator of the Bancroft Collection, Delaware Art Museum
    • “Only Connect.” William S. Peterson, Professor of English Emeritus, University of Maryland
    • ” ‘… With Profitable and Joyous Converse’: An Appreciation from the Other Side of ‘The Pond’.” David Taylor, Ph.D., FSA, UK Historian and Author
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