Module Identifier IL32120  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Christopher M Baggs  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite IL31810  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours 10 x 1 hour  
  Seminars / Tutorials   5 Hours 5 x 2 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Critical Review: of no more than 1,250 words30%
Semester Assessment Script and Tape or CD of a presentation: lasting between 15 and 20 minutes, to a selected audience on a topic of relevance to the module subject matter70%

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module students should be able to:

Brief description

The 19th century witnessed the near eradication of illiteracy in Great Britain, and, towards its end, the growth of a public library system, which helped consolidate gains in literacy by providing free access to books, newspapers and periodicals, to anyone who came through the doors. Affordable reading material of all sorts became widely available to the general public, and, increasingly, library facilities were extended to those members of the community especially the new industrial class or ?common reader?.
This module offers an introduction and familiarisation with the relevant sources. Literacy, the role of reading and the reading experience. Various reading audiences and their reading habits: case study of women as readers. Access by the general public to reading materials, via libraries, both public and non rate supported, such as Mechanics' Institute, Co-operative Society and Miners' Institute libraries.

Transferable skills

Skills addressed - either in teaching or via assessment, are:

Reading Lists

** Recommended Consultation
Altick, Rich (1963) The English Common Reader: A Social History of the Mass Reading Public, 1800-1900 Chicago: University of Chicago Press
Black, Alist (1996) A New History of the English Public Library: Social and intellectual contexts, 1850-1914 London: Leicester University Press
Burnett, John ed (1974) Useful Toil London: Allen Lane
Burnett, John ed (1982) Destiny Obscure London: Allen Lane
Flint, K (1993) The Woman Reader 1837-1914 Oxford: Clarendon Press
Kelly, Th (1966) Early Public Libraries: A History of Public Libraries in Great Britain before 1850 London: Library Association
Kelly, Th (1977) A History of Public Libraries in Great Britain, 1845-1975 2nd. London: Library Association
Vincent, Dav (1981) Bread, Knowledge and Freedom: A Study of Nineteenth Century Working Class Autobiography London: Methuen
Vincent, Dav (1993) Literacy and Popular Culture: England 1750-1914 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press


This module is at CQFW Level 6