Upcoming Workshop| Lead to Pixels: Setting the G gathering of the Hamlet Second Quarto

Hamlet, Second Quarto, 1604. Folger Shelfmark: STC 22276

Hamlet, Second Quarto, 1604. Folger Shelfmark: STC 22276

Please join Rebecca Chung (UMSI), Fritz Swanson (Wolverine Press), and Justin Schell (Shapiro Design Lab), for conversation about the Wolverine Press's edition of a famous sheet of paper: the G gathering from the Q2 (second quarto) of Hamlet (1604), which includes Hamlet’s famous soliloquy, “To be, or not to be,”  his repudiation of Ophelia with “Get thee a Nunry,” and his speech to the players, “sute the action to the word.”

The edition is entirely handset and printed by U-M students working at U-M's letterpress studio, the Wolverine Press; production also includes experimentation with 3D printers to reconstruct seventeenth-century printer's blocks. Come to see tools and materials from the process, to learn more about letterpress work in a research setting, and to celebrate the release of the edition, copies of which will be given to event attendees. 

Students setting type to replicate the G gathering of Q2 (Hamlet: 1604). L-R: Elijah Sparkman, English major, LSA undergraduate; Rebecca Fortes, fiction, MFA; Amanda Rybin-Koob, poet, MFA.
Students setting type to replicate the G gathering of Q2 (Hamlet: 1604). L-R: Elijah Sparkman, English major, LSA undergraduate; Rebecca Fortes, fiction, MFA; Amanda Rybin-Koob, poet, MFA.

Date & Time: April 7, 2016 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Location: Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)

Allow time to visit the adjacent exhibit, Shakespeare on Text and Stage: A Celebration.

This workshop is part of a series of U-M Library events commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

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