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An event on how the practices and experiences of reading have been represented in literary texts over the centuries.
Co-organised by the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies, CompLab and the Institute for Medieval Studies, and funded by the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, Italian@leeds and CompLab, this event is designed to bring together researchers from different scholarly backgrounds around the topic of readers and reading, with a specific focus on how, over the centuries, practices and experiences of reading have been represented in literary texts and embedded in the material features of manuscripts and printed books.
While significant research work has been carried out on reading and readers from the point of view of social history, comparatively less attention has been given to the connections between, on the one hand, textual and visual representations of reading and, on the other, the experiences of reading suggested by the format and design of books. This workshop aims to explore new directions and possibilities for research in this field from an interdisciplinary and multilingual perspective, and by joining the strengths of different areas of expertise and methods, from the history of the book to literary theory.