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LRDG: How texts travel across space and time: African Readings of The Pilgrim's Progress

Date: 1 November 2011 Time: 1 - 2 pm

Venue: C89, County South

Reading and discussion session led by Mary Hamilton, Lancaster University:

The reading Mata's Hermeneutic: Internationally Made Ways of Reading Bunyan, is part of an study by Isabel Hofmeyer tracing the travels of one of the world's best-selling books, The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. Since it was written in the seventeenth century, The Pilgrim's Progress has been translated into some 200 languages, reaching most corners of the globe through the activities of evangelical protestant missions. The missionaries promoted the book using a variety of oral and visual props which encouraged new converts to identify with characters in the book and this chapter examines how the book was interpreted and re-made by African readers.

Isabel Hofmeyer's study is engagingly written and is part of a rich tradition of historical research that can inform literacy studies in new and fascinating ways. It sheds light on some of key debates in the field, such as how texts travel across time and space, and should be a good stimulus to this discussion session.

Copies of the reading are available in the LRDG pigeonhole, C floor FASS building, or contact Kathrin Kaufhold

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Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Mary Hamilton

Organising departments and research centres: Educational Research, Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keywords: History, Literacy practices, Reading


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