Friday, December 16th: The Literary History of Word Processing

The Literary History of Word Processing
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Wachenheim Trustees Room (42nd St. & 5th St., Manhattan)

Mark Twain famously prepared the manuscript for Life on the Mississippi with his new Remington typewriter, and today we recognize that typewriting changed the material culture (and the economy) of authorship. But when did literary writers begin using word processors? Who were the early adopters? How did the technology change their relation to their craft? Was the computer just a better typewriter, or was it something more? This talk, drawn from the speaker’s forthcoming book on the subject, will provide some answers, and also address questions related to the challenges of conducting research at the intersection of literary and technological history.

Feel free to bring lunch!