Hobbs, Andrew (2011) The reading world of a provincial town: Preston, Lancashire 1855-1900. In: The History of Reading, Vol. 2: Evidence from the British Isles, c.1750-1950. Palgrave, Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230247550
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How 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.
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||Literary History; Literature & Culture; reading; Preston|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)|
|Schools:||College of Culture & the Creative Industries > School of Journalism, Media and Communication|
|Deposited By:||Malgosia Bagot|
|Deposited On:||25 Jul 2012 09:10|
|Last Modified:||29 Apr 2013 16:10|
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