Mark Towsey de University of Liverpool, présentera sa communication « ‘History is the Favourite Reading’: Manuscript notes and readers’ uses of the past in eighteenth-century Britain. » le jeudi 2 mars 2017 de 17h30 à 19h30. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, 75006, salle D421.
« Mark Towsey will talk about his forthcoming book, Reading History in Eighteenth-Century Britain and America, which aims to explain why historical books by Hume, Robertson, Gibbon and others were so widely read in the second half of the eighteenth century. The paper examines readers’ responses to these texts, revealing how they were used by readers in various contexts to help cope with a rapidly changing world marked by revolution, reform and the expansion of empire. Dr Towsey is a Reader in History at the University of Liverpool, and has published very widely on the history of reading and the history of libraries in the long eighteenth century. He recently held a coveted Mid-Career Fellowship from the British Academy, and was the Bibliographical Society of America’s Katharine Pantzer Senior Research Fellowship in Bibliography and the British Book Trade in 2015. »