Dr Amber Regis [email protected] First encounters with new

Dr Amber Regis a.regis@sheffield.ac.uk First encounters with new

Dr Amber Regis [email protected] First encounters with new genres: life-writing & non-fiction prose Why non-fiction prose? Interdisciplinary incentives: Literary criticism. Bibliography.

History. Book history. Cultural and critical theory. An expanding field: Print culture. Print in culture. Why non-fiction prose? Print culture: a broader explosion in printed literature that

wrought a major transformation in the way in which contemporaries learnt about, and conceived of, the world around them. [...] Not only were more texts printed in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but there were also new and varied means to acquire them, as well as an increasingly literate population who voraciously consumed books, prints, periodicals, pamphlets and papers as part of an expanding universe of cultural production. Richard M. Ward, Print Culture, Crime and Justice in 18th-Century London (London: Bloomsbury, 2014), p. 2.

Why non-fiction prose? Forgetting, and hierarchies of print: Since Gutenberg's day printed materials have become exceedingly common. They ceased to be newsworthy more than a century ago and have attracted ever less attention the more ubiquitous they have become. But although calendars, maps, time-tables, dictionaries, catalogues, textbooks and newspapers are taken for granted at present (or even dismissed as oldfashioned by purveyors of novelties) they continue to exert as great an influence on daily life as ever they did before. Indeed the more abundant they have

become, the more frequently they are used , the more profound and widespread their impact. [] I repeat, the more printed materials accumulate, the more we are inclined to overlook them in favor of more recent, less familiar media. Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, The Printing Press as an Agent of Change (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980), p. 17. Rethinking Literature & the Literary newspapers

autobiographies periodicals biographies broadsides essays pamphlets treatises

travel writing novels short stories poems miscellanies plays manifestos

dictionaries encyclopaedias advertisements Rethinking Literature & the Literary Serialised novel Essay on travel & food Essay on religious

politics Serialised novel Poem Essay on fashion & food history Short story Advertisement for next issue Dickens

Journals Onlin e Secrets and Lies: Victorian LifeWriting Secrets and Lies: Victorian LifeWriting The writing [] of any subject who is deemed to be different, allows us to read back into genre the heterogeneity or transgressiveness it tries to exclude. Linda Anderson, Autobiography (London: Routledge, 2001), p. 11

Secrets and Lies: Victorian LifeWriting Secrets and Lies: Victorian LifeWriting Secrets and Lies: Victorian LifeWriting

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