CFP: The Beauty of Letters – Text, Type and Communication in the Eighteenth Century

This looks like a most exciting event for letterphiliacs of many kinds.

RECSO

14-15 March, 2015, Birmingham, UK

The Baskerville Society is pleased to announce the theme for its second two-day conference: The Beauty of Letters: text, type and communication in the eighteenth century. In his preface to Paradise Lost (1758), John Baskerville described himself as ‘an admirer of the beauty of letters’. This conference takes his phrase as a starting point to explore the production, distribution, consumption and reception, not only of letters, but also words, texts and images during the long eighteenth century (c. 1688-1820). This conference will consider how writing, printing, performance and portrayal contributed to the creation of cultural identity and taste, assisted the spread of knowledge and contributed to political, economic, social and cultural change in Britain and the wider world.

  • Writing: teaching of writing and penmanship; styles of handwritten script; copybooks; shorthand; handwritten documents such as diaries, account books, letters, legal and parliamentary documents; the creation of texts…

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