Examining Quaker Readers in the Reading Experience Database, 1450-1945Examining Quaker Readers in the Reading Experience Database, 1450-1945http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/254801Magill Philips Wing2014-04-16T19:30:002014-04-16T20:30:00
April 16, 7:30PM–8:30PM
Magill Philips Wing
A lecture by Shafquat Towheed, sponsored by the Haverford College Libraries the Reading Experience Database (RED), 1450-1945.
Wednesday, April 16
Tea at 7:15 p.m.
Talk at 7:30 p.m.
Philips Wing, Magill Library
In this lecture, Dr. Towheed will introduce the Reading Experience Database 1450-1945 (RED) project, which gathers together the evidence of British readers (at home and abroad) as well as visitors to the British Isles across five centuries, from 1450 to 1945. It is the largest database recording the experiences of historical readers anywhere in the world, and currently has over 30,000 individual entries of readers’ responses. Dr. Towheed will then focus on the reading experiences of Quakers, specifically those of the English social reformer and educationalist Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845), and a remarkable Quaker reading group, the ‘XII Book Club’, which met on a monthly basis for over 60 years, and kept detailed minute books noting their reading and response. The data so far strongly indicates both the diversity of reading undertaken by Quaker readers, and the quality of their engagement with very different kinds of books, both religious and secular.
Dr. Shafquat Towheed is Lecturer in English at The Open University, where he directs the Book History Research Group and the UK Reading Experience Database 1450-1945 project (http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/). He works on late 19th and early 20th century English literature, and has written widely on the history of reading practices. He is co-editor of The History of Reading: A Reader (Routledge, 2011); The History of Reading, Vol 1: International Perspectives, c.1500-1990 (Palgrave, 2011); and The History of Reading, Vol 3: Methods, Strategies, Tactics (Palgrave, 2011).
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