Introduction: pen, print and communication in the eighteenth century

Archer-Parre, Caroline and Dick, Malcolm (2020) Introduction: pen, print and communication in the eighteenth century. In: Pen, print and communication in the eighteenth century. Eighteenth Century Worldsg . Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, pp. 1-10. ISBN 9781789622300

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The eighteenth century, perhaps more than any other, was a pivotal time in the development of the mechanics and methods of communication. Commercial, political, legal, social and religious interactions were all facilitated by a variety of material processes such as handwriting, painting, drawing, printing and engraving which coexisted alongside more ephemeral and immaterial means of communication including voice, gesture, costume and performance. New sites for consuming the products of communication emerged such as coffee houses, oratories, libraries, institutes, theatres, shops and galleries. Developments in road and water transport and postal systems facilitated means of communication and enabled the products of pen and print to travel further and faster than ever before. This introduction and subsequent chapter, considers pen, print and other forms of communication in the eighteenth century.

Item Type: Book Section
Date: 30 September 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: print, eighteenth-century, writing, culture, letters, material culture, community, public, private, Baskerville
Subjects: V100 History by period
V200 History by area
V300 History by topic
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham Institute of Creative Arts > School of Visual Communication
Depositing User: Caroline Archer
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2020 14:53
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2020 14:53

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