hosted by the University of Sheffield's Department of History and School of English
Wednesday 23rd - Thursday 24th May 2012
Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield


Plenary Speaker Professor Thomas Keymer (University of Toronto)

This conference explores the connections between everyday manuscript practices and printed work in the eighteenth century. Though print was undoubtedly in the ascendant during the period, manuscript practices remained vital. Institutions, business and households generated a huge amount of manuscript material. Literary manuscripts, sometimes closely related to printed texts, continued to be circulated. It was through manuscript practices of writing and archiving – not print - that most people had contact with the written word. This conference investigates the relationship between an expanding print culture and the continuing power of the hand-written form.


§ What were the changing meanings of manuscript as print culture expanded?

§ How did everyday manuscript forms affect printed works?

§ How were practices of manuscript creation and archiving transferred to print?



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