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Dr David Duff, of Queen Mary University of London, presents 'The Prospectus War of the 1790s'.
Presenter
School of English
Type
Seminar
Open to
All staff and students, Public
Date
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Time
2:15 PM to 4:00 PM
Where
Lawson Lecture Room, Kennedy Hall
Contact
Laura Mackintosh
Email
lah14@st-andrews.ac.uk
Website
http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/english/newsandevents
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Prospectuses, a form of printed advertisement widely used in the British book trade of the 18th and early 19th centuries, played an unexpected but vital role in the French Revolution controversy of the 1790s, announcing forthcoming publications and often constituting important public statements in their own right. This paper analyses examples of this largely forgotten genre, whose art of anticipation and persuasion took on new significance when used for political purposes in a publishing context in which commercial rivalry and ideological conflict intersected. Focusing on journal and newspaper prospectuses, the paper considers examples from across the political spectrum, including Coleridge’s ‘flaming prospectus’ to The Watchman, Canning’s hugely influential Prospectus to The Anti-Jacobin, and other examples by Sampson Perry, William Playfair and the London Corresponding Society.  

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