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Have you ever wondered about the reading tastes and habits of famous writers in the past? This free course, History of reading tutorial 3: Famous writers and their reading Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Vernon Lee, is the third tutorial in a series designed to help users of the UK Reading Experience Database (UK RED) search, browse and use this resource, and explores the connections between the evidence of a writers reading and their literary output. The previous tutorials focus on methods of uncovering evidence of reading, and the use of evidence to understand the reception of a literary text.


The purpose of this course is to demonstrate how the UK Reading Experience Database (RED) can be used in a study of the reading habits of a writer, and how this information can be used in a literary study of that writer’s own writing. To this end, we will be focussing on the reading experiences of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Vernon Lee. This course builds on the previous two courses, Red_1 and Red_2, and trains users in advanced search functions and close analysis of data.

Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:
  • Perform advanced searches of data held on the UK RED site, including locating evidence by place of reading experience or by combining search queries
  • Recognize development in evaluative and interpretative skills in handling a range of source material
  • Understand how evidence on the UK RED site might be useful in shaping broader studies of writers’ reading, biography, and cultural and literary history.

Course Curriculum

    • Overview 00:15:00
    • Elizabeth Barrett Browning 00:15:00
    • Vernon Lee 00:15:00
    • Conclusion 00:15:00

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