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dc.contributor.authorHalsey, Katieen_UK
dc.description.abstractIn the preface to this special issue of FORUM on Readers and Writers, I wish to take the opportunity to think briefly about a question that preoccupies all historians of reading, to a greater or lesser extent, and that is the problem of evidence. Reading is an evanescent activity, which mostly goes unremarked, unrecorded, and very often, unnoticed. Under such circumstances, how can we retrieve its history? From Robert Darnton in 1986, outlining his ‘first steps toward a history of reading’, to those of us still working on the history of reading in 2016, we have been wrestling with precisely the same problem. As Simon Eliot put it in 1992, ‘any reading recorded in an historically recoverable way is, almost by definition, an exceptional recording of an uncharacteristic event by an untypical person’.en_UK
dc.publisherEdinburgh University Pressen_UK
dc.relationHalsey K (2016) Preface [The History of Reading, The State of the Discipline]. FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & The Arts (23).
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 UK: Scotland License.en_UK
dc.title.alternativeThe History of Reading, The State of the Disciplineen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleForum: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & The Artsen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationEnglish Studiesen_UK
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