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By Stephen Colclough

This quantity explores the historical past of studying within the British Isles in the course of a interval during which the published be aware turned all pervasive. From prosperous readers of 'amatory fiction', via to women and men studying surreptitiously on the Victorian railway bookshop, it argues number of new interpreting groups emerged in this interval.

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These books were compiled using the reading techniques associated with the creation of commonplace books and miscellanies, but they also show reading being put to use in other ways. Charles Caesar’s ‘The Second Volume 1705’ Charles Caesar (1636–1707) was the son of Sir Charles Caesar and grandson of Sir Julius Caesar, who had both held the office of Master of the Rolls. Little is known of his early life, but he spent time as a fellow-commoner at Jesus College Cambridge in the 1650s. 24 The tone is perhaps a little defensive because his grandson, also Charles Caesar (1673–1741), was arrested as a Jacobite in 1717.

19 Love has argued that ‘there are no sources apart from personal letters and diaries that bring us closer to late seventeenth-century readers’ than the personal miscellany, but much of his own work has tended to concentrate on those books that include transcripts of scribally published material (usually referred to as manuscript separates) because he is interested in the reading communities associated with the production and consumption of clandestine satire. 20 The circulation of manuscript separates declined in the early eighteenth century as state censorship began to be reduced, and it may be that for some groups the need to compile manuscript books declined with it.

Garrett Stewart’s work, for example, is particularly concerned with the way in which the nineteenth-century novel inscribes the agency of its activation by ‘Dearing’ the reader. 88 Brantlinger is particularly concerned with writing that was anxious about the rise of mass literacy. Kate Flint has argued that ‘reading provoked a good deal of anxiety during the Victorian period’ especially when it was the reading of women or the working class. Her own study looks at ‘the wide range of contexts in which “the woman reader” was constructed as a discrete topic’ between 1837 and 1914, including ‘newspapers and periodicals; medical and psychological texts; advice manuals for young girls, wives, servants, governesses; educational and religious works; autobiographies; letters; journals; fiction; verse; paintings, photographs and graphic art’.

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