Ellen Gruber Garvey: "Cut-and-Paste Pedagogy: Hand, Scissors, Pen, Scrapbook"

March 30, 2016 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm



Nineteenth-century practices of speaking and writing in the words of others included cutting and pasting, memorization, and recirculation. All entered into pedagogy. This lecture focuses on poetry to examine readers’ experience of the timeliness of poems as they circulated through newspapers and schoolrooms. Readers experienced poems through different time streams: the chronological, historical time of the newspaper; reading at the same time as one’s age mates, who all read the same text that year; or reciting what ten year olds had for decades, forming a transhistorical community of ten year olds. Poems that had been reprinted in anthologies and reading texts continued to recirculate into newspapers, where they reactivated readers’ connection to their previous experiences with these works.


Ellen Gruber Garvey is the author of Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance, winner of four prizes; her previous book, The Adman in the Parlor: Magazines and the Gendering of Consumer Culture, won the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing's annual award. Both are from Oxford University Press. She has also written on how abolitionists mined hostile newspapers for data, the scandal of women's bicycling, the iconography of women's newspaper reading, and much else. She has written for the New York Times Disunion blog, Slate, and The Root.  She recently taught for a semester at Université Paris8/Vincennes-St-Denis. Garvey teaches English at New Jersey City University, where she also co-edits Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy.

Location and Address

CL 501