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Conference: Voices and Books, 1500 - 1800

  • Venue: Newcastle University and City Library, Newcastle
  • Start: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:00:00 BST
  • End: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 00:00:00 BST

Keynote Speakers

Heidi Brayman Hackel (University of California, Riverside)

Anne Karpf (London Metropolitan University)

Christopher Marsh (Queen’s University, Belfast) with The Carnival Band

Perry Mills, Director of Edward’s Boys (King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon)


Although it is often acknowledged that early modern books were routinely read aloud we know relatively little about this. Oral reading is not embedded as an assumption in existing scholarship. On the contrary, over the last two decades it is the studious and usually silent reader, pen in hand, who has been placed centre stage. This conference aims to: explore the kind of evidence and research methods that might help us to recover this lost history; think about how reading/singing aloud relates to other kinds of orality; recover the civic and/or social life of the performed book in early modern culture; and reflect on how the performance of the scripted word might inform our reading of early modern writing today.


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