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Visual and Textual Technologies: The Illustrated Book

In conjunction with the 2008/2009 John B. Hurford '60 Humanities Center Faculty Seminar, an exhibit entitled "Visual and Textual Technologies: The Illustrated Book," will run January 23-February 22, 2009. An opening reception will be held Friday, January 23, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Gallery.

The exhibit considers some of the various functions performed by illustrated books throughout the centuries; for example, a 15th-century illuminated Book of Hours was designed to provoke prayer and communion with the divine, and a 19th-century edition of Chaucer might engage the modern reader with the past.

The works are drawn from the Special Collections departments of the libraries at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges, as well as private collections. They include a 13th-century illuminated Bible; the first English edition of Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron (1620); William Blake's Book of Job (1826); William Morris' Kelmscott Chaucer; and a selection of children's books and graphic novels.

"Visual and Textual Technologies" is co-curated by Maud Burnett McInerney, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Haverford; Rachel Oberter, Hurford Humanities Center Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow; Deborah H. Roberts, Professor of Comparative Literature and Classics; Theresa Tensuan, Associate Professor of English; and Haverford senior Jacob Carroll.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Located in Whitehead Campus Center, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery is open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday noon-5 p.m.; and Wednesday 5-8 p.m.  For more information, contact Matthew Seamus Callinan, Campus Exhibitions Coordinator, at (610) 896-1287 or

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