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Default Placeholder Photo Arcangela Tarabotti: A Literary Nun in Baroque Venice
The exhibition focuses on the writing and cultural context of Arcangela Tarabotti, a Benedictine nun who published defenses of women that protested against social injustice, especially that of forced religious vocations.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
April 1 — Aug. 31, 1997
Subjects
Women's Studies
Italian Literature
Bernard Weinberg Tribute Bernard Weinberg, 1909-1973: A Tribute and a Bibliography
An exhibition of Italian and French Books of the Renaissance from the Bequest of Bernard Weinberg, University of Chicago scholar and teacher.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1974
Subjects
Italian Literature
French Literature
blair.jpg Blair Through the Ages: An Exhibition in Memory of Walter Blair
This exhibition surveys the work of Walter Blair (A.M. '26, Ph.D. '31), Professor Emeritus in English Language & Literature, who died on June 29, 1992. Blair was one of the first scholars to focus on American humor, and he was also an editor of Mark Twain.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Dec. 1 — Feb. 1, 1993
Subjects
Literature
vanvechten.jpg Carl Van Vechten
Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964, University of Chicago Ph.B. '03), arts critic, novelist and photographer, played an important role in the American literary and arts scene of the 1920s through the 1940s. In addition to the acclaim he received for his own work, Van Vechten was instrumental in promoting the careers of other writers and artists, among them Langston Hughes, Gertrude Stein and Wallace Stevens.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
July 1 — Oct. 1, 1994
Subjects
American Literature
Photography
Default Placeholder Photo A Central European Life in an Age of Crisis: Camill Hoffmann, 1878-1944
This exhibition traces the life of Camill Hoffmann (1878-1944), a poet, editor, translator and Czech diplomat, from avant-garde Austria to the fate of a Jewish intellectual under the Nazis.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Dec. 1, 2001
Subjects
Literature
City Lights Pocket Poet Series City Lights Pocket Poets Series 1955-2005: From the Collection of Donald A. Henneghan
This exhibition, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Pocket Poets Series.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 1 — Jan. 1, 2006
Subjects
Literature
Envisioning Earth Envisioning Earth
This exhibit points to historical references to conservation and the environment; the approach is one that is multidisciplinary, accomplished through music, literature, and cartography.
Locations
Regenstein 3rd Floor Reading Room
May 1 — Sept. 4, 2017
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Subjects
Maps
Literature
Music
David in Prayer from a French Book of Hours French and Flemish Illuminated Manuscripts from Chicago Collections: An Exhibition in Honor of the 44th Annual Meeting of the Mediaeval Academy of America
Manuscripts from the Newberry Library, the University of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and private collections were displayed at the Newberry Library in conjunction with the Medieval Society of America.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
April 1 — May 31, 1969
Subjects
French Literature
Special Collections
From Poetry to Verse From Poetry to Verse: The Making of Modern Poetry
This exhibition documents the process of bringing new poetry to the public in all its various formats. Drawing upon the archives of Poetry, Chicago Review, Big Table, Verse, LVNG, and the papers of The Poetry Center of Chicago, the exhibit tracks the evolution and changing character of poetry from 1912 to the present.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 1 — Feb. 28, 2006
Subjects
Literature
The Good Natur'd Man The Good Natur'd Man: Oliver Goldsmith; A Bicentennial Celebration
This exhibition honors the scholarship and teaching of Arthur Friedman, distinguished University of Chicago English Department faculty member and editor of The Collected Works of Oliver Goldsmith.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Feb. 28, 1975
Subjects
English Literature
Helen and Ruth Regenstein Exhibit The Helen and Ruth Regenstein Collection of Rare Books
This exhibition marks a decade of building the Helen and Ruth Regenstein Collection of Rare Books, which was established to enhance the Library's strong collection of English and American literature.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Jan. 31, 1976
Subjects
English Literature
helen_ruth_regenstein_recent.jpg The Helen and Ruth Regenstein Collection of Rare Books: Recent Additions
To mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Mrs. Helen Regenstein and to chart the growth of the collection of rare books that her generosity and vision made possible, the department of Special Collections presents this exhibit representing acquisitions to the collection since her death.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Jan. 1, 1988
Subjects
Literature
Special Collections
Huidobro Vicente Huidobro Vicente in Avant-Garde
This major exhibition of photographs, manuscripts and books traces the life and work of the avant-garde poet Vicente Huidobo (1893-1948).
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — March 1, 1988
Subjects
Art
Spanish Literature
clowes thumb.jpg Integrity of the Page: The Creative Process of Daniel Clowes
The Clowes archive contains notes, outlines, narrative drafts, character sketches, draft layouts, and more for three of Clowes' books: Ice Haven, Mister Wonderful, and The Death-Ray. The exhibition pieces this material together, tracing the evolution of Clowes' art from conception to production to publication.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 28 — June 17, 2016
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Subjects
History of Print
American Literature
Italian Drama of the Renaissance Exhibit Program Italian Drama of the Renaissance: An Exhibition of Books from the Collection of the University of Chicago Library
This exhibition highlights the University's strong collection of Renaissance drama, which "includes some of the rarest editions of Italian plays ... and examples of every known dramatic genre from the sixteenth century to the middle of the eighteenth century" and recognizes the gifts of Louis H. Silver, Ira J. Hechler, and Howard Weingrow.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Dec. 31, 1961
Subjects
Italian Literature
Theater
Marianne Moore Harriet Marianne Moore and Harriet Monroe: The Poet, The Critic, and Poetry
A revealing glimpse at the artistic and critical tensions between Marianne Moore, the poet, and Harriet Monroe, critic and founding editor of the Chicago-based Poetry magazine, this exhibition also celebrates the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — June 30, 1987
Subjects
Literature
Default Placeholder Photo Marianne Moore: Vision into Verse
The thirty-three poems by Marianne Moore in the exhibition were chosen to illustrate the poet's transformation of visual images into poetic form.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — July 1, 1987
Subjects
Literature
Default Placeholder Photo Mark Twain
Mark Twain
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1978
Subjects
American Literature
Meaning of Dictionaries Exhibit The Meaning of Dictionaries
The exhibit features historical dictionaries from the Special Collections Research Center's holdings, as well as archival materials such as correspondence, page proofs, word citation cards, photographs and other items from the University of Chicago Press Records covering the making of The Dictionary of American English and Dictionary of Americanisms.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — July 31, 2007
Subjects
English Literature
History
Default Placeholder Photo A Medium for Modernism: British Poetry and American Audiences
This exhibition examines the concept of literary modernism as it developed through exchanges between British poets and American audiences. Included are manuscripts and letters by Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, and W. B. Yeats; printed books; recordings and other materials drawn from the Harriet Monroe Modern Poetry Collection and other Library collections.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
April 1 — Aug. 31, 1997
Subjects
English Literature
Montaigne in Print Exhibit Montaigne in Print: The Presentation of a Renaissance Text
Featuring editions of the Essais by French philosopher Michel de Montaigne, this exhibition explores the relationship between author, editor, printer, and the book as a physical object.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 1 — March 1, 1996
Subjects
French Literature
History of Print
My Life is an Open Book thumbnail My Life is an Open Book
A selections of zines that are draw from the creators' personal experiences.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 14 — March 13, 2014
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Subjects
Humanities
Literature
Very American Books Exhibit One Hundred Very American Books: Selected from the Epstein Collection
The selections in this exhibition from the private collection of Raymond Epstein were intended to present a range of our country's books and literature that have been read and loved by its people, but also to surprise and provoke readers.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1979
Subjects
American Literature
American Literature
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Exhibit Planes, Trains and Automobile: The Transportation Revolution in Children's Picture Books
This exhibition reflects growing interest in the artistic and historical significance of children's literature. "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" examines how illustrators in several countries exploited the great changes in travel and transportation that succeeded the coming of the railroad.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
March 1 — Aug. 30, 1995
Subjects
Art
Literature
scrc_wachs_title_panel_webpdf.png Poetic Associations: The Nineteenth-Century English Poetry Collection of Dr. Gerald N. Wachs
In the period between the French Revolution and the start of World War I, often called “the long nineteenth century,” English poetry enjoyed enormous popularity and respect. The Romantics and the Victorians, as we know them today, were celebrities and, often, close friends, part of a literary community that influenced their professional and personal lives. Dr. Gerald N. Wachs (1937-2013), working closely with his friend, bookseller Stephen Weissman of Ximenes Rare Books, collected their works, using as their guidebook the Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature (CBEL), the standard primary bibliography of English literature. They sought the finest copies, whenever possible ones that were presented by the author to other writers, friends, or family members. The resulting collection of nearly 900 titles, on deposit from the Estate of Gerald Wachs at the University of Chicago Library, illuminates the life and works of these enduring poets.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Sept. 21 — Dec. 31, 2015
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Subjects
Literature
Gallery of Voices Poetry Magazine: A Gallery of Voices
This exhibition draws mainly on the unique historical portion of the Harriet Monroe Modern Poetry Collection, an archive of the tens of thousands of letters and manuscripts Monroe collected exchanged with poets and collected during her tenure as editor of Poetry Magazine.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
May 1 — Oct. 1, 1980
Subjects
Literature
Default Placeholder Photo Samuel Johnson's Rasselas: From the Library of Gwin Kolb
Focused on nearly forty copies of variant editions of this work, the exhibit was scheduled to both mark the bicentenary of Samuel Johnson's death and the on-campus meeting of the Johnsonian Society.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 1, 1975
Subjects
English Literature
Texts and their Transformations Texts and their Transformations: Continuity and Change in the Classical Tradition
Via manuscripts, printed editions, commentaries, works of criticism, translations and illustrations, Greek and Roman texts have inspired and provoked readers for thousands of years. The exhibition Texts and their Transformations: Continuity and Change in the Classical Tradition, embraces all these media and reactions from antiquity to the present day.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Feb. 1, 1995
Subjects
Special Collections
Classics
Comparative Literature
Tickling Your Funny Bone: Science and Humor Tickling Your Funny Bone: Humor and Science
The nature of the scientific mind may be discovered in elegant mathematical expressions and beautifully designed experiments, and also perhaps by reading "Drool science" or Robert Bakers, "A stress analysis of a strapless evening gown". Our exhibit has chosen this second discovery route by examining examples of scientist's humor and humor with a science theme.
Locations
Crerar Library, 1st Floor
Oct. 1 — March 31, 2003
Subjects
History of Science
Physical Sciences
Biological Sciences
Literature
Default Placeholder Photo Vachel Lindsay
Vachel Lindsay
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Jan. 1 — Dec. 31, 1979
Subjects
American Literature
Default Placeholder Photo William Butler Yeats and Chicago
Offering a glimpse into the public life of Irish poet and dramatist William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939), this exhibition focuses on Yeat's three visits to Chicago.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Nov. 1 — Jan. 1, 1994
Subjects
Literature
Default Placeholder Photo A World at Hand: German Almanache & TaschenbŸcher in the University of Chicago Library
An exhibition to mark the completion of volunteer and donor Bertold Regensteiner's inventory of the approximately 1500 volumes which make up the Library's collection of German Almanache & TaschenbŸcher.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
Oct. 1 — Jan. 1, 1987
Subjects
German Literature
Default Placeholder Photo Writing for the Eyes from Antiquity to the Renaissance
Interactions between the visual and verbal arts are explored in this exhibition of illustrated texts that contain descriptions of actual or imagined works of art.
Locations
Special Collections Research Center
April 1 — Oct. 31, 2003
Subjects
Literature
Art