By Stephen Colclough
Eating Texts explores the historical past of interpreting within the British Isles in the course of a interval during which the published be aware grew to become all pervasive. starting with an summary of modern paintings, it is going directly to offer a chain of case reports of person readers and the groups to which they belonged. From prosperous readers of 'amatory fiction' within the early Eighteenth century, via to women and men analyzing surreptitiously on the Victorian railway bookstore, it argues number of new examining groups emerged in this interval.
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Woolf on the consumption of history in the early modern period and Adam Smyth on the circulation and transmission of printed miscellanies during the mid-seventeenth century. 94 Heather Jackson’s work on marginalia has demonstrated that it is possible to use this source to produce a broader history of changing reading practices. She argues that Reading Has a History 23 the annotating readers of the late eighteenth century shared a number of practices. They made extracts, constructed ‘networks of information’ via cross-reference and enjoyed the ‘license to “illustrate” more or less ad lib’.
Darnton’s case study tests and challenges the ‘reading revolution’ hypothesis. Ranson read a wide range of texts, but he did not simply pass from one book to the next. 80 A similar challenge to the reading revolution model comes from John Brewer’s case study of an English middle-class reader of the same period, Anna Larpent. Larpent’s diaries record that between 1773 and 1783 she read 440 titles from many different genres. Novels and plays were often read aloud to her family, but she also engaged in regular, repeated readings of sermons and the Bible while alone in her room.
Many texts in his volume are reproduced without reference to their original author or source. For example, the version of ‘A Fable on K. 35 This is the text as it appears in print. A Fable In Aesop’s Tales an honest Wretch we find, Whose Years and Comforts equally declin’d; He in two Wives had two domestick Ills, For different Age they had, and different Wills; One pluckt his black Hairs out, and one his Grey, The man for Quietness did both obey, Till all his Parish saw his Head quite bare, And thought he wanted Brains as well as Hair.
Consuming Texts: Readers and Reading Communities, 1695-1870 by Stephen Colclough