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Work in Hand


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Introduction 1: Seeing Script in Print 2: Round Hand Character 3: Round Hand's Dominions 4: Johnson's Character 5: Printing the Author's Hand 6: Edgeworth's Autograph 7: Factory Hands Postscript

About the Author

Aileen Douglas was born in Dublin and did her undergraduate work at Trinity College Dublin. She holds a PhD from Princeton University. For several years she taught at Washington University in St. Louis before returning to Ireland to join the School of English, TCD. Her research interests and publications focus on eighteenth-century print culture, the materiality of writing, women's writing in the long eighteenth century, and Irish writing. She served as Dean of Undergraduate Studies (2008-2011) and is a fellow of Trinity College Dublin.


"Work in Hand reminds us about the necessity not only to consider manuscript and print in tandem with one another, but also to see them in all of their bibliographical complexity ... Douglas importantly adds to the body of work forcing us to see how eighteenth-century "print culture" both depended upon handwriting and shaped new ideas about the manuscript medium." -- Rachael Scarborough King, Modern Philology
"Is handwriting history? Trubek's and Douglas's histories of penmanship illuminate the complicated feelings - indignation and nostalgic regret, tinctured, maybe, by relief - this question provokes. Readers mourning handwriting won't find comfort in these books. But they will learn about the social preconditions that shaped the romanticizing of the writing hand and its work in the first place." --Deidre Lynch, Public Books

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