Dr. Patricia Demers, Professor, Department of English and Film Studies and Comparative Literature Program, University of Alberta
"The Origins of Print Culture in the Northwest"
When: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Where: 2-09 Rutherford South, University of Alberta
Although the imprints of early Alberta newspapers have been microfilmed
and digitized, the once widely disseminated texts of the mission press have
dwindled to a precious few with limited circulation. This illustrated talk will
concentrate on the products of the Paris-made Stanhope hand press brought
to Athabasca County by Oblate missionary Émile Grouard in 1877 and his
unstinting efforts throughout his sixty-year ministry to preach and print in
the language of the people. The fact that he crated and transported the press,
fonts, and copper plates to each of his posts underscores his belief in the
medium as a rich source from which inexhaustible floods of light gush forth
(“source fécondes d’où jaillissent, dit-on, des flots de lumière intarissables”).