This lecture focussed on the initial circulation of texts. How did women authors promote the publication of their own works in manuscript and print? How did women who had privileged ownership of manuscript texts diffuse them within their communities? To what extent and why was the patronage of women sought through dedications?
Brian Richardson is Professor of Italian Language at the University of Leeds. His publications include Print Culture in Renaissance Italy: The Editor and the Vernacular Text, 1470-1600 (1994), Printing, Writers and Readers in Renaissance Italy (1999), Manuscript Culture in Renaissance Italy (2009) and editions of 16th-century texts on Italian linguistics. He is currently leading a project on oral culture in relation to manuscript and print in early modern Italy.
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