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History of reading: An introduction to reading in the past
This free course, History of reading: An introduction to reading in the past, consists of a series of essays, drawn from material contained in the Reading Experience Database, that illustrate different aspects of reading in Britain during the period from 1450 to 1945. These essays are designed for you as the reader to dip in and dip out, allowing you to pick which essays best suits your purpose.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- recognise an increased interest in exploring the history of reading
- understand a range of examples of research into the history of reading
- use RED to follow up any personal interests in the history of reading.
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 Reading the English Bible
- 2 Charles Dickens and his readers
- 3 Jane Austen’s readers
- 4 A famous novel and its readers: Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847)
- 5 Childhood reading in the 1870s and 1880s: the recollections of Molly Hughes
- 6 Reading and World War I
- 7 Reading places
- 8 Reading while travelling
- 9 Samuel Pepys: diarist, book collector and reader
- 10 Robert Louis Stevenson’s reading
- 11 Reading Culture in the Victorian Underworld
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