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LRDG seminar: A revolutionary moment in informal, near-synchronous, multimodal writing practices: the Edwardian postcard

Date: 5 February 2008 Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm

A revolutionary moment in informal, near-synchronous, multimodal writing practices: the Edwardian postcard

Nigel Hall, Manchester Metropolitan University & Julia Gillen, LRC Lancaster.

The explosion in use of the postcard in Edwardian times, reaching near one billion annually, bears a striking parallel to today's growth in electronic communications. A downward shift in costs and improvements in technologies led to a dramatic increase in writings that reached their addressees quickly wherever they were. Multiple daily deliveries in some centres meant that multimodal communications could be exchanged more rapidly than every before. We will share some initial thoughts concerning our investigations into this rich form of vernacular literacy and present some of the creative strategies employed by purposeful writers interacting with the material properties of this exciting medium.

Event website: http://www.literacy.lancs.ac.uk

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Associated staff: Julia Gillen

Organising departments and research centres: Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keywords: Literacies, Literacy

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