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Practice and Representation of Reading in England

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ISBN-10: 0521023238

ISBN-13: 9780521023238

Edition: 2006

Authors: James Raven, Helen Small, Naomi Tadmor

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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.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100

James Raven was a journalist for most of his working life. After reporting for local, regional and national newspapers he moved into television in 1982 as a news scriptwriter with TVS television where he then worked his way up to become Director of News across Meridian, Anglia and HTV. When Granada took over most of ITV he became Managing Director of Granada Sport before setting up his own production company. James spends much of his time writing and travelling and also performs magic at various venues across the country. James has previously published five novels with Robert Hale, including Rollover and Urban Myth.

Naomi Tadmor is a Professor in the Department of History at Lancaster University.

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Introduction: the practice and representation of reading in England
'Let him read the Satires of Horace': reading, literacy and grammar in the twelfth century
Into his secret chamber: reading and privacy in late medieval England
The place of reading in the English Renaissance: John Dee revisited
Reading and the technology of textual affect: Erasmus's familiar letters and Shakespeare's King Lear
The editor as reader: constructing Renaissance texts
Popular verses and their readership in the early seventeenth century
The physiology of reading in Restoration England
'In the even my wife read to me': women, reading and household life in the eighteenth century
From promotion to proscription: arrangements for reading in eighteenth-century libraries
Provincial servants' reading in the late eighteenth century
Reconstructing the reader: prescriptions, texts and strategies in Anna Larpent's reading
Women, men and the reading of Vanity Fair
A pulse of 124: Charles Dickens and a pathology of the mid-Victorian reading public