Special Collections Exhibit on Books, Authors, and Readers in 18th-Century England Curated by English 335 Students

“Books, Authors, and Readers in Eighteenth-Century England” is a student-curated collection that will be on exhibit in ZSR Special Collections & Archives (ZSR 625) from January 20 through April 1, 2020. 

The exhibit was designed by students in Dr. Jessica Richard’s fall 2019 Eighteenth-Century British Fiction course and shows some of the eighteenth-century publishing trends that appealed to the readers of the novel. Over the course of the semester, Dr. Richard’s students studied the development of the novel in England, from Robinson Crusoe to Frances Burney’s Evelina. For their final project, students explored eighteenth-century books beyond the class reading list in ZSR’s Special Collections & Archives, working under the guidance of visiting scholar Julie Park, who studies English literature and culture in the Long Eighteenth Century and is currently a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Assistant Curator/Faculty Fellow, and Dean’s Fellow hosted by the Division of Libraries and the Libraries’ Humanities and Social Sciences Department at New York University.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 4-5 p.m. in Special Collections & Archives (ZSR 625) on Friday, January 24. All are welcome to attend! 

Poster for Rare Books Exhibit titled Books Authors and Readers in 18th century England


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