Until recently, historians of reading have concentrated on book ownership and trying to map out a history of who read what. The reading experience has been a subject more difficult to research. As has been pointed out before, egodocuments can be valuable sources in this case. Following this lead, Literacy in Everyday Life focuses upon four early modern Dutch diaries in which readers document their daily life and in which they recount their reading. In the analysis, other ways in which these four readers communicated are also addressed, especially speech and writing. This book therefore provides an insight into the possible uses of literacy and the interaction between the printed, written and spoken word in the early modern Dutch Republic.
Literacy in Everyday Life
Starting with the analysis of the diary kept by Constantijn Huygens Jr in the second half of the 17th century, this book sketches a panoramic view of life among Dutch regents and at the court of William and Mary, including an eyewitness account of the Glorious Revolution, and highlighting themes ...
Willemijn Ruberg, Utrecht University. Translated by Maria Sherwood-Smith
Describing the epistolary practices of the Dutch elite in the period 1770-1850, this book shows how cultural ideals of sincerity, individuality and naturalness influenced the style and contents of letters and argues for the vital importance of correspondence to the performance of class, gender ...
Edited by Arianne Baggerman, Erasmus University Rotterdam and University of Amsterdam, Rudolf Dekker, Center for the Study of Egodocuments and History, Amsterdam and Michael Mascuch, University of California, Berkeley
This book gives answers to questions surrounding the rise of autobiographical writing from the sixteenth to the twentieth century by analyzing texts varying from the time of the Spanish Inquisition to post-war Japan.
Arianne Baggerman, Erasmus University Rotterdam and University of Amsterdam and Rudolf Dekker, Center for the Study of Egodocuments and History, Amsterdam. Translated by Diane Webb
A diary kept by a boy in the 1790s provides the basis for a panoramic view of the Age of Enlightenment and democratic revolution in Europe, highlighting the emergence of new ideas on education, nature, time, space, religion and politics.
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