Emergence of Finnish Book and Reading Culture in the 1700s

Emergence of Finnish Book and Reading Culture in the 1700s

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The Emergence of Finnish Book and Reading Culture in the 1700s. Edited by Cecilia af Forselles & Tuija Laine
Finnish Literature Society
Studia Fennica. Litteraria 5
Vantaa 2011, 151 pp.

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The new reading culture that emerged in Finland during the 1700s affected readers and all levels of society in many ways. Along with other trends, the arrival of translated fiction and Enlightenment literature from Europe opened and irrevocably altered the Finns’ world view. The change was especially pronounced in cities. Scholars, merchants, craftspersons, as well as military officers stationed at Helsinki’s offshore Sveaborg fortress, acquired world literature and guides intended for professionals at, for example, book auctions. In this book, researchers from different fields examine the significance and influence of that era’s books from cultural, historical, ideological, and social perspectives.

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ISBN 978-952-222-241-1
ISSN 1458-5278