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Gryphon Lecture—Going Global: Transnational Networks and the Spread of Early Modern Children’s Books

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The Center for Children’s Books, School of Information Sciences
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Apr 15, 2021   12:00 pm  
Matthew Grenby (Newcastle University)
Originating Calendar
Campus Humanities Calendar

Books designed especially for children, either for their instruction or entertainment, began to be produced in a number of European countries from the seventeenth century. These children’s books, in various genres and formats, circulated around Europe, and there are striking cross-national continuities as well as interesting regional differences. What is perhaps most remarkable, however, is the global dissemination of these books, across the Atlantic to the Americas, but also along colonial, trading and missionary routes to South and South-East Asia. This paper will trace some of this largely unknown literary history, from c.1700 to c.1850, making the case for the importance of children’s books to the development of transnational networks of print.


Bio: Matthew Grenby is dean of research and innovation in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of eighteenth-century studies at Newcastle University. He is the author of The Anti-Jacobin Novel (2001) and The Child Reader (2011) and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Children’s Literature (2010) and Popular Children’s Literature in Britain (2008).

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