Join us at Chawton House Library for an evening talk by Professor Betty Schallenberg.
It has often been assumed that manuscript-circulating coterie groups disappeared under the tidal wave of print materials that flooded eighteenth-century Britain. In fact, recent arguments have questioned whether “the coterie” is a meaningful concept at all.
Professor Betty Schellenberg will tell the stories of several widely divergent literary coteries that flourished in the middle of the eighteenth century – whether centred in a country house, a suburban grotto, an ornamental farm, a London mansion, or the virtual space of handwritten letters. The distinctive characteristics of these tight-knit networks in fact gave rise to some of the most “modern” features of eighteenth-century print publication.
Tickets: £11; Students / Friends £8.50 (includes drinks and canapés)