At Home in the 18th Century

At Home in the 18th Century

Fri 15 Sep 2017: 4:30pm to 5:30pm

How has reading changed?

If we were able to step inside the parlours and drawing rooms of the eighteenth century we’d find homes busy with home-made culture – book groups and tea table parties; amateur dramatics; groups of women reading and weeping their way through popular sentimental fiction; children stumbling through poems before their maiden aunts, and men at punch parties singing songs about dogs. We used to read aloud, and we used to do it together, at home. 

This short talk by Professor Abigail Williams, with readings from letters and diaries, gives us a glimpse of that lost world of domestic culture which is explored in her new book, The Social Life of Books: Reading Together in the Eighteenth-Century Home.

All St Peter's College alumni and their guests are welcome. Registration required.

The event will be followed by drinks reception for all St Peter's College Alumni in the College Chapel.