Introduction: Reading Child Readers

  • Edel Lamb
Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)


The introduction sets out the historical and methodological contexts for an investigation of the connections between childhood and reading cultures in early modern Britain. Analysing William Hornby’s Hornbyes Hornbook (1622), it provides an overview of children’s roles in early modern textual cultures. It outlines the range of ways in which children were defined as readers in texts and surveys the extant evidence that sheds light on early modern children’s reading experiences to argue that multiple concepts of childhood were produced by early modern reading cultures.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edel Lamb
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EnglishQueen’s University BelfastBelfastUK

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