The Practice and Representation of Reading in England

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James Raven, Helen Small, Naomi Tadmor
Cambridge University Press, 14.03.1996 - 313 Seiten
Recent developments in cultural history and literary criticism have suggested new ways of addressing the interpretation of reading. How did people read in the past? Where and why did they read? How were the manner and purpose of reading envisaged and recorded by contemporaries - and why? Drawing on fields as diverse as medieval pedagogy, textual bibliography, the history of science, and social and literary history, this collection of fourteen essays highlights both the singularity of personal reading experiences and the cultural conventions involved in reading and its perception. An introductory essay offers an important critical assessment of the various contributions to the development of the subject in recent times. This book constitutes a major addition to our understanding of the history of readers and reading.
 

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reading literacy and
22
reading and privacy in late medieval
41
John Dee
62
Erasmuss
77
constructing Renaissance texts
102
Popular verses and their readership in the early seventeenth
125
The physiology of reading in Restoration England
138
women reading and
162
arrangements for reading
175
Provincial servants reading in the late eighteenth century
202
prescriptions texts and strategies
226
Women men and the reading of Vanity Fair
246
Charles Dickens and a pathology of the mid
263
Bibliography
291
Index
298
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