Going to UNC 12/5 and 12/7

I’ve arranged a “field trip” for us up to UNC’s Manuscripts Department for Tuesday December 5 and Thursday December 7. (No permissions slips necessary in grad school!) The sessions are due to start promptly at 5pm, so you will have a little lag time to get there. Sessions will end about 5:45pm.

I won’t be requiring attendance for this class, but I do strongly urge you to brave the rush hour traffic to attend. There’ll be a little oohing and ahhing and showing and telling, and that’s always fun, but we’ll also talk about the whys and hows of doing archival research.

Think about this: The recent (last 30 years) trend in literary scholarship has been towards the theoretical, yet one of the things the internet does best is to create wider access to, and, consequently, greater interest in, primary sources. I’d contend that the discovery, editing, and interpretation of archival material is easier than it has ever been and will soon (say, in the next 20 years) surpass “doing theory” as the most important work in literary study. At the very least, some print editions of letters and manuscripts will need to be rebuilt from scratch as electronic editions.

Please comment on this post and let me know whether you’ll come to one of these classes, and if so, to which one. Please also use the comments section to this post to arrange carpools; I understand there’s also a bus that goes up there, and that might be convenient, too. If you have information about that, please post it here in the comments.

The UNC MSS department is located on the 4th floor of Wilson library; detailed driving directions from Raleigh are here. As these directions state, the best place to park is in the Visitors’ Parking lot on the right side of Raleigh Rd./54 soon after the intersection of Raleigh Rd. and Greenwood Rd.



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14 responses to “Going to UNC 12/5 and 12/7

  1. Kimberly Wine

    I’d love to attend but I’d need to carpool with someone as I don’t have a car.

  2. mary

    I second that. I live in Raleigh, so if someone is kind enough to give a ride . . .

  3. Sophie

    Very interested, but I have class on both days until 4:15ish so I won’t be able to get there in time.

  4. Daniela Newland

    I have a car and I’d be happy to drive if someone could give me directions. Also, I have class at 6P–I’m not sure how long it takes to drive from Chapel Hill to NCSU and if I’d be able to make that class.

  5. Daniela Newland

    Never mind…I just saw the link with the directions. Duh.

  6. Elizabeth Livingston

    I will not be able to make it because I have a class at 6. I kust don’t think there is enough time (especially at rish hour) to make it back.

  7. Ashley Merrill

    I will not be able to make it either night.

  8. Robyn Leigh Youngs

    I’d love to, but I only have one leg these days. So, I will be unable to attend either night, as I only like to hop like a bunny on Easter.

  9. Rob Phillips

    Sounds great but I have a 6-10pm course. Cannot attend.

  10. James Phillips

    I have class until 4:15 on both dates, and have to wait on the Park-n-Ride bus to get back to my car. Sorry…will not be able to attend.

  11. Eric Gerson

    I will not be able to attend for many different, but nonetheless apt reasons, of which I will not bore you.

  12. Josh Gane

    I was a UNC undergrad and visit constantly, so I might have to sit this one out.

  13. Blake Wilder

    Well, I would be happy to go on December 5th. (I’m afraid you might cancel due to lack of interest)
    I live in Durham so won’t be coming back to Raleigh, but if someone had other transportation back they could ride to Chapel Hill with me.

  14. Erika J. Galluppi

    Unfortunately, I have a concert both nights at 7pm, so I can’t make it either night.