The History of Reading
Evidence from the British Isles, C.1750-1950 Evidence from the British Isles, C.1750-1950 Volume 2
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History of Reading by Katie Halsey
Book DescriptionHow can we find evidence of reading in the past? And how can we interpret this evidence to create a 'history' of reading? To answer these questions, this volume presents eleven fascinating accounts of readers and reading in the British Isles over two hundred years. The authors reveal the huge variety of evidence that exists, not only of what people read, but how, and in what circumstances they read. Covering a wide range of readers and texts, the essays demonstrate how individual reading practices are influenced by -- even sometimes defined by -- factors such as social class, political affiliation, the place of reading, the availability of books, and changes in publishing practices. With chapters highlighting the importance of reading communities, the uses to which reading may be put, and the importance of newspapers, the volume provides a richly textured account of reading practices in Britain.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780230247550
Classification: Literary studies: general , Literacy
Format: Hardback (224mm x 145mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 26-Aug-2011
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Katie Halsey
KATIE HALSEY is Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature at the University of Stirling, UK. Her publications include numerous articles on literature and print culture, and the co-edited volumes The Concept and Practice of Conversation in the Long Eighteenth Century (2007) and The History of Reading (2010). W.R. OWENS is Professor of English Literature at The Open University, UK. He has published widely on John Bunyan and Daniel Defoe, and is Director of the Reading Experience Database, 1450--1945 (RED) project. His most recent publication is an edition of the 1611 text of The Gospels for Oxford World's Classics (2011).
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