"Buy, Borrow, or Steal: Finding Books in the Long Eighteenth Century" (ASECS, March 19-22, 2015)

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Hannah Doherty Hudson / The University of Texas at San Antonio
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"Buy, Borrow, or Steal: Finding Books in the Long Eighteenth Century" (Sponsored by the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing--SHARP)

ASECS 2015, March 19-22, Los Angeles, CA

The study of eighteenth century reading culture rests on two basic beliefs: first, that the century saw a proliferation of printed books; second, that people often read them. This panel seeks papers that explore the points of connection between these two commonplaces; that is, the ways that eighteenth-century readers actually obtained the books that they read, and the mechanisms that might have led a reader to choose one book, or kind of book, rather than another. Possible topics include—but are not limited to—booksellers and circulating libraries; literary advertising; books published by subscription, lent, or given as gifts; literary fads and fashions, and book recommendations (whether by professional reviewers or well-meaning friends). How did readers navigate the increasingly large pool of books from which to choose, and how did authors, publishers, and booksellers ensure that their wares found their way into readers' hands and libraries?

Please send abstracts of approximately 250 words to Hannah Doherty Hudson at hannah.hudson@utsa.edu.

Proposers need not be members of SHARP to submit, but panelists must be members of both ASECS and SHARP in order to present. For questions about SHARP membership, please direct inquiries to Eleanor F. Shevlin, Membership Secretary, at eshevlin@wcupa.edu