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Voices and Books in the English Renaissance: A New History of Reading

Jennifer Richards

Abstract

Two ideas lie at the heart of this study and its claim that we need a new history of reading: that voices in books can affect us deeply; that printed books can be brought to life with the voice. Voices and Books offers a new history of reading focused on the oral and voice-aware silent reader, rather than the historical reader we have privileged in the last few decades, who is invariably male, silent, and alone. It recovers the vocality of education for boys and girls in Renaissance England, and the importance of training in pronuntiatio (delivery) for oral-aural literary culture. It offers th ... More

Keywords: reading, print, rhetoric, education, performance, voice, Anne Askew, William Baldwin, Thomas Nashe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198809067
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198809067.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Richards, author
Joseph Cowen Professor of English Literature, Newcastle University

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