Coming this June, a new podcast will welcome you into the fascinating world of manuscript production among the early German-speaking inhabitants of Pennsylvania—and pose important questions about how to interpret those manuscripts in the context of early American history. Cloister Talk: The Pennsylvania German Material Texts Podcast is designed to complement interpretations laid out in The Word in the Wilderness: Popular Piety and the Manuscript Arts in Early Pennsylvania and expand on themes addressed in the book.
Why a podcast about this topic? As is so often the case, the themes and issues addressed in The Word in the Wilderness open all sorts of new questions and conversations. Cloister Talk allows those interested to continue exploring, with a special focus placed on analytical approaches that can be taken to the Pennsylvania German manuscript arts. Topics to be covered include the history of Fraktur type and script, the religious heritage of the Pennsylvania Germans, theories and methods of book history, and the process of writing The Word in the Wilderness.
The podcast will be accessible at https://www.wordinwilderness.com/cloistertalk.html as well as most major podcast platforms. Check back regularly for new episodes and updates. Happy listening!