Presented by: Houghton Library
Printing is a queer art in the sense its 16th-century meanings: queer as in “perverse,” since it disrupted the norms of how information was reproduced at the time; and queer as in “off-center,” since it is has allowed for the survival of marginalized voices and experiences.
Recently, printing is “queer” in the sense that the campaign to recognize LGBTQ+ rights has required activists to design, print, and circulate their own materials in the face of censorship and persecution. This lecture links these histories of queer printing.
As a case study, Brooke Palmieri will look at the printing practices of 17th-century Quakers as they have survived over the past 350 years, informing the practices and politics of contemporary LGBTQ+ publishing. On the one hand, 20th-century activism lends a few concepts that might benefit the historian or bibliographer, and on the other hand, exploring the history of “queer” in the distant past provides a longer, deeper history that has long been denied to the LGBTQ+ community.
The lecture is followed by a reception.