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Reading the Story of Hope with Special Collections

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 , 1pm
EDEN130 (Hope Park)

Speaker: Dr Louise Wilson (Department of English)

Liverpool Hope’s Special Collections reflect the richness and diversity of our university, bringing together global and local, historic and modern, aesthetic and edifying. The archives hold not only pre-eminent texts from many of our academic disciplines but also tell deeply personal stories of writers, makers, and readers through the books and papers themselves.

In this talk, Dr Louise Wilson from the Department of English will present a series of rare books and manuscripts from the library’s Special Collections that illustrate aspects of our Liverpool Hope community. She will be assisted by students from School of Creative and Performing Arts who will provide readings, and a range of Special Collections materials will be available to view with the help of Karen Backhouse, the Special Collections librarian.



Dr Louise Wilson is a Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature, with particular research specialisms in early English and European prose fiction, book history, the history of reading, translation, and medical humanities. She came to Liverpool Hope in 2015 after five years at the University of St Andrews where she was firstly MHRA Research Fellow in English Renaissance Translation and then a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. Before that she worked as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the University of Geneva. Louise has a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford, and an MA (with Distinction) and PhD (funded by the AHRC) from the University of York. She is the editor (with Helen Smith) of Renaissance Paratexts (Cambridge University Press, 2011; paperback, 2013) and (with Neil Rhodes and Gordon Kendal) of English Renaissance Translation Theory (MHRA, 2013); and was a researcher for Lukas Erne's Shakespeare and the Book Trade, 1594-1623 (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Louise published a number of articles and book chapters on the early modern translator Anthony Munday, chivalric romance, and publishing and reading fiction in sixteenth-century England and Europe.


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