Devils, Angels, Scoundrels, Fortunes, and Fables: British Eighteenth-Century Chapbooks at McMaster University Library

Published on September 14, 2022

6 October 2022, 12-1pm EST

Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SZn2SmvfReub6ma1rS2YzQ 

Join Gillian Dunks (McMaster’s Archives Arrangement & Description Librarian) in appreciation and exploration of the chapbook, an oft-profane and beauteous genre of British print. From the sixteenth to early nineteenth centuries, inexpensive chapbooks proliferated in Europe, particularly England. Popular amongst children, the working poor, and people who left few other records of their lives behind, chapbooks featured a wide range of subjects: tales of scoundrels, tips on fortune telling, and shortened versions of medieval romances. McMaster is fortunate to hold many English chapbooks from the eighteenth century, when the format reached its height. Join Gillian Dunks (McMaster’s Archives Arrangement & Description Librarian) in appreciation and exploration of the chapbook, an oft-profane and beauteous genre of British print. From the sixteenth to early nineteenth centuries, inexpensive chapbooks proliferated in Europe, particularly England. Popular amongst children, the working poor, and people who left few other records of their lives behind, chapbooks featured a wide range of subjects: tales of scoundrels, tips on fortune telling, and shortened versions of medieval romances. McMaster is fortunate to hold many English chapbooks from the eighteenth century, when the format reached its height. 

This lecture is part of our ongoing Archives Alive series. This series of public-facing talks about our collections is jointly hosted by the William Ready Division of Archives & Research Collections and McMaster University Alumni.  

 

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