November 12 and 19, 2013: ‘Histories and Theories of Reading’ with Jonathan Sawday

book-wheelOur second lecturer in the Doctoral Schools seminar series ‘Histories and Theories of Reading‘ is Jonathan Sawday (Saint Louis University). Jonathan Sawday’s research is focused on the intersection between science, technology, and literature particularly (but not exclusively) in the early-modern period. The idea of blanks or voids in literature, art and culture – the subject Sawday is currently working on – is closely related to the changes early modern writing technologies brought about (‘typographic space’ in particular) and will be at the centre of the discussions during the seminar. We will discuss how blanks and typographic space produced meaning and functioned  for instance as markers of silence or absence in early modern literature.

The seminar with Jonathan Sawday is open to all Doctoral Students (to register, send an email to
There are two sessions: a reading session on November 12 (9AM-13PM), during which we discuss the work of Jonathan Sawday (from the reading list), and prepare some questions and short presentations (all under supervision of Dr. Kornee Van der Haven). The second session is the session with Jonathan Sawday, which will take place at November 19 (10AM-15PM / lunch will be included).

For any questions concerning the seminar with Jonathan Sawday, please contact Kornee Van der Haven ( or Britt Grootes (