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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

An E-mail from Jeanne Britton, Curator of Rare Books at USC

Date: Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 9:29 AM
Subject: using the collection
To: "

Dear Mr. Arader,

I thought I’d mention two ways that items in your donation are being
used to forge connections between visual and literary culture.

First, I met with a Classicist who is teaching a course on Virgil’s
Aeneid this fall.  We’re very excited about using a number of maps in
your donation, especially the “Carte du voyage d’EnĂ©e.”  The map
includes lines that trace the voyage that takes up much of what her
students will be translating as well as illustrations of major events
in the epic. Not only is it a perfect fit with this course, it also
offers a great way to ask students to think about modes of
representation—visual / verbal, cartographic / literary.  (It could
possibly lead to conversations about a new strand in literary
criticism I’m interested in known as “literary cartography.”)  We’re
also excited about using materials less directly relevant for this
particular literary text—later maps of Rome and Italy as well as
Piranesi engravings.  There’s a great deal of material to work with,
so her students will make many trips to the Hollings library for
in-depth study and discussion.

Second, I was pleased that materials from your donation were
well-received at the Robert Burns conference held this weekend at USC.
 In addition to the library’s extensive holdings in Burns and Scottish
literature, we displayed—as new additions to our holdings in Scottish
culture more broadly—samples from Logan’s Clans of the Scottish
and Blackwell’s Curious Herbal.  After I gave a brief

introduction to the materials, a number of people expressed great
interest in the Blackwell engravings in particular, and at least one
member of the Burns Association is planning a return visit to the
library to see more of them.  Someone also expressed interest in
purchasing reproductions of the Highland images, which we would be
able to offer.

There’s so much that can be done with this material, and I’m very
happy to see how enthusiastic others are about using it.

All best,

Jeanne M. Britton
Curator, Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
University of South Carolina

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