Workshop 2 – Education and Literacy

The second workshop, to be held at Trinity College Dublin on 25-26 August 2022, will explore the impact of rising literacy rates and growing provision of state education in the Victorian period. Legislative and educational developments across the four nations supported the expansion of the reading public, while also threatening literary production in languages other than English. We will consider how these developments, and the debates they prompted throughout the four nations, transformed readerships and changed definitions of literary language and value.