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"Early English Print Culture and English Literary Manuscripts"

Friday 16 February 2007


A series of biannual non-specialist lectures, given by Fellows and others about the College and their work.  The lectures are open to all College staff, senior and junior members.  The aim of the lectures is one of the central aims of the College; to enable its members to learn about subjects and interests in its wider life. 


5.30 PM  FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2007


"Early English Print Culture and English Literary Manuscripts" 

Ralph Hanna

Professor Hanna’s field of interest covers the use of medieval books, mostly books made in England, regardless of language, over the period from 700 to 1700. He summarises this as 'the history of the book', which includes things like libraries, reading strategies and forms by which texts are transmitted. In this lecture he will discuss manuscripts in the age of print, with examples taken mostly from the period 1490 to 1680. Print demanded popular literacy and went hand in hand with increased amounts of handwritten material. In fact, early modern literature is more marked by the hand than the press

Ralph Hanna is Professor of Palaeography and Tutorial Fellow in English at Keble since 1997. Born in California and brought up in Texas, he came to Oxford having been a teaching fellow at Yale and, from 1966, Distinguished Professor of English at University of California, Riverside.