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The market for print steadily expanded throughout the eighteenth-century Atlantic world thanks to printers' efforts to ensure that ordinary people knew how to read and use printed matter. Reading is and was a collection of practices, performed in diverse, but always very specific ways. These practices were spread down the social hierarchy through printed guides. Eve Tavor Bannet explores guides to six manners or methods of reading, each with its own social, economic, commercial, intellectual and pedagogical functions, and each promoting a variety of fragmentary and discontinuous reading practices. The increasingly widespread production of periodicals, pamphlets, prefaces, conduct books, conversation-pieces and fictions, together with schoolbooks designed for adults and children, disseminated all that people of all ages and ranks might need or wish to know about reading, and prepared them for new jobs and roles both in Britain and America.Read more
- Explains for the first time why and how people were taught to read in the eighteenth century
- Provides a rich study of instruction in reading in eighteenth-century print publications
- Connects eighteenth-century reading habits with those of the twenty-fist century where discontinuous forms dominate online and in much printed matter
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‘… a valuable book in its wide-ranging knowledge, its identification of new ways to think about eighteenth-century reading practices, and its new configurations of material from disparate disciplines and arenas.’ Min Wild, The Times Literary SupplementSee more reviews
'Bannet (English, Univ. of Oklahoma) explores the ways in which 18th-century printers and print material offered instructions and models for ways of reading to ordinary people, thus creating the conditions for a widespread print and reading culture. Recommended.' Choice
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- Date Published: December 2017
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781108419109
- length: 306 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 158 x 21 mm
- weight: 0.59kg
- contains: 4 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Introduction: the schoolroom in the marketplace
1. The ABCs of reading
2. Arts of reading
3. Polite reading
4. Ordinary discontinuous reading
5. Reading secret writing.
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