Radical print culture

On Wednesday 15 February, John Gardner will give a talk in the Library on ‘Radical Print Culture from 1815 to 1822’.

‘“Radical” is a new word since my time—it was not in the political vocabulary in 1816’ (Byron in a letter to John Cam Hobhouse, April 1820)

Following the end of the war with France, street literature, in the form of pamphlets, broadsides, illustrations, pornography, pirate publications and advertising, became increasingly radical, and ephemeral. This paper will examine radicalism in this period and its literary and cultural legacy.

The talk starts in the Library’s Morison Room at 5.30 p.m., and forms part of the programme of the Friends of the Library (see http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/friends/programme.html). Friends of the Library: £2.50. Others: £3.50. (Junior members of the University of Cambridge: free.)

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