Foreword List of illustrations List of abbreviations and archive names I. Historical research on reading and writing: from book ownership to the use of media II. Mirror of literacy: reading and writing in the diary (1624) of David Beck III. Aristocratic literacy: Pieter Teding van Berkhout and his `journal' (1669-1712) IV. Aural and eyewitness testimony: reading, writing, and discussions of current affairs in Jan de Boer's chronological journal (1747-1758) V. A devout reader and writer: literacy in Jacoba van Thiel's `account-book of the soul' (1767-1770) VI. Literacy in everyday life
Appendix I: Reading behaviour in figures
Appendix II: Titles of books mentioned in the diaries List of sources Bibliography Index.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Until recently, historians of reading have concentrated on book ownership and trying to map out a history of who read what. The reading experience has been a subject more difficult to research. As has been pointed out before, egodocuments can be valuable sources in this case. Following this lead, Literacy in Everyday Life focuses upon four early modern Dutch diaries in which readers document their daily life and in which they recount their reading. In the analysis, other ways in which these four readers communicated are also addressed, especially speech and writing. This book therefore provides an insight into the possible uses of literacy and the interaction between the printed, written and spoken word in the early modern Dutch Republic. (source: Nielsen Book Data)