Cutting and Pasting the Popular Press: The Scrapbooks of Dorothy Richardson (1748-1819)

Kinsley, Zoe (2020) Cutting and Pasting the Popular Press: The Scrapbooks of Dorothy Richardson (1748-1819). Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, 96 (1). pp. 77-98. ISSN 2054-9318 (Print); 2054-9326 (Online)

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Abstract

This article offers a survey of the recently discovered scrapbooks collated over a number of decades by the Yorkshirewoman Dorothy Richardson (1748-1819). The large set of thirty-five volumes presents an important collection of press cuttings relating to the history and consequences of the French Revolution, and also contains ‘historical and miscellaneous’ material of a more eclectic nature. I argue that the texts significantly improve our understanding of Dorothy Richardson’s position as a reader, writer and researcher working in the North of England at the turn of the nineteenth century. Furthermore, her set of albums raises important questions about the relationship between commonplacing and scrapbooking practices, and the capacity of such textual curatorship to function as a form of both political engagement and autobiographical expression.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in: Kinsley, Z., 2019, Cutting and Pasting the Popular Press: The Scrapbooks of Dorothy Richardson (1748-1819), Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, 96:1 © [2019] Zoe Kinsley. Published by Manchester University Press.
Keywords: Dorothy Richardson (1748-1819); Scrapbook; Commonplace book; French Revolution; Reading
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > English
Depositing User: Zoe Kinsley
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2019 15:35
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2020 15:19
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2981

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