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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Printing Press and Powerpoint as Agents of Change: Text and Technology in the Renaissance Classroom

Professor Eva Gold.

In courses on sixteenth century British literature, I encourage students to undertake research projects comparing the technology shift of the early modern period (with print and MS as competing technologies) to the technology shift currently in process (on-line vs print publication). Such a focus enables an understanding of the historical and technological construction of authorship and textuality, raising questions about authorial ownership, the material status of the text, modes of circulation, and what constitutes "publication." A summary of student projects (e.g., the construction of subjectivity in on-line chatrooms and the Renaissance sonnet; the "stigma of print" and the "stigma" of on-line publication) suggests the fruitfulness of combining traditional humanities topics/texts and consideration of old and new technologies as these define and are defined by evolving conceptions of selfhood, self-representation, and textuality.


Professor Eva Gold  (United States)
Professor of English
English Department
Southeastern Louisiana University

Eva Gold publishes on English Renaissance literature and the literature of race in Louisiana.

  • Sixteenth Century Literature
  • Print
  • Manuscript

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)