Picturing the Reader:

Reading and Representation in the Long Nineteenth Century

A one-day interdisciplinary conference

Liverpool Hope University, UK,

7th September 2017

Keynote speaker: Professor Mary Hammond, University of Southampton


The long nineteenth century saw a prolific increase in the number of books being produced and read, and consequently in the number of visual and textual discourses about reading. This conference will examine a range of visual and textual iconographies of readers produced during this period and map the ways in which visual and textual representations of readers were linked and mutually influential. Whilst nineteenth-century Britain is a key focus, the event extends to include the British empire in order to explore how representations and understandings of reading differed geographically and were inflected by specific locales. Scholars are invited from the fields of literary studies, art history, social history, cultural studies, readership studies, library history, book history, history of education and history of leisure and recreation in order to foster interdisciplinary dialogues on the subject of nineteenth-century representations of readers.

Please submit proposals of approx. 250 words to both Beth Palmer (b.palmer@surrey.ac.uk) and Amelia Yeates (yeatesa@hope.ac.uk) by 10th April 2017.

This conference is generously supported by the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS).


Booking details to follow (a small number of postgraduate bursaries will be available).


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