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The Practice and Representation of Reading in England


  • 16 b/w illus. 3 tables
  • Page extent: 332 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.507 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521023238)

  • Also available in Hardback
  • Published October 2007

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$46.99 (C)

How did people read in the past? Where, when, and why did they read? And what did they think readers and reading were for? Drawing on fields as diverse as medieval pedagogy, textual bibliography, history of science, social and literary history, this collection of essays highlights the cultural conventions involved in reading, and explores personal reading experiences. The Practice and Representation of Reading in England constitutes a major addition to our understanding of the history of readers and reading.


List of illustrations; List of tables; List of contributors; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction: the practice and representation of reading in England James Raven, Helen Small and Naomi Tadmor; 2. 'Let him read the Satires of Horace': reading, literacy and grammar in the twelfth century Suzanne Reynolds; 3. Into his secret chamber: reading and privacy in late medieval England Andrew Taylor; 4. The place of reading in the English Renaissance: John Dee revisited William H. Sherman; 5. Reading and the technology of textual affect: Erasmus's familiar letters and Shakespeare's King Lear Lisa Jardine; 6. The editor as reader: constructing Renaissance texts John Kerrigan; 7. Popular verses and their readership in the early seventeenth century Adam Fox; 8. The physiology of reading in Restoration England Adrian Johns; 9. 'In the even my wife read to me': women, reading and household life in the eighteenth century Naomi Tadmor; 10. From promotion to proscription: arrangements for reading in eighteenth-century libraries James Raven; 11. Provincial servants' reading in the late eighteenth century Jan Fergus; 12. Reconstructing the reader: prescriptions, texts and strategies in Anna Larpent's reading John Brewer; 13. Women, men and the reading of Vanity Fair Kate Flint; 14. A pulse of 124: Charles Dickens and a pathology of the mid-Victorian reading public Helen Small; Bibliography; Index.


"...contain some excellent work. some new ground, and...ilustrate the great and still growing diversity of this field of study." John Feather, SHARP News


James Raven, Helen Small, Naomi Tadmor, Suzanne Reynolds, Andrew Taylor, William H. Sherman, Lisa Jardine, John Kerrigan, Adam Fox, Adrian Johns, Jan Fergus, John Brewer, Kate Flint

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