The History of Reading, Volume 1

International Perspectives, c.1500–1990

  • Shafquat Towheed
  • W. R. Owens

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Shafquat Towheed, W. R. Owens
      Pages 1-12
  3. Readers in the Medieval and Early Modern World

  4. Readers in the Enlightenment and Romantic World

  5. Readers in the Nineteenth-Century World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Ilona Dobosiewicz, Liliana Piasecka
      Pages 101-116
    3. Lawrence J. Duggan, Bertrum H MacDonald
      Pages 117-132
  6. Readers in the Twentieth-Century World

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 208-222

About this book


Bringing together research from a variety of countries and periods, this volume introduces readers to the diverse approaches used to recover the evidence of reading through history in different societies, and asks whether reading practices are always conditioned by specific local circumstances or whether broader patterns might emerge.


enlightenment identity literacy national identity Romanticism society Tradition

Editors and affiliations

  • Shafquat Towheed
    • 1
  • W. R. Owens
    • 1
  1. 1.The Open UniversityUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2011
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-32005-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-31678-2
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