The 2004 Panizzi Lectures at the British Library
The Polished Cornerstones of the
: Queenly Libraries of the Enlightenment Temple
A Series of Three Lectures by Maria Luisa López-Vidriero
Monday 22 November: A Weakness for
: Heavy Books in Light Hands. Reading
Monday 29 November: Libraries Under the Philosophical Eye: Caroline of Ansbach and Elizabeth Farnese.
Monday 6 December: Towards a Female Literary Canon.
This series of lectures looks at the impact of women's educational projects on female reading and book collecting in the royal courts of the eighteenth century. Monarchs are international figures who also provide a behaviour-model for their national subjects; so they give us an excellent standpoint from which to study particular national patterns within the wider context of European written culture. A database of over six thousand bibliographical records has been compiled from the handwritten catalogues and inventories of the libraries of Spanish and English queens, princesses and infantas. The main part of the study is devoted to two queens: Caroline of Ansbach (1638-1727), wife of George II, and Elizabeth Farnese (1692-1766), wife of Philip V. By comparing and contrasting these two great collections we can attempt to move beyond Protestant-Catholic intellectual and religious differences and begin to define a European eighteenth-century female literary canon.
Maria Luisa López-Vidriero is the Director of the Royal Library in
. She is also co-Director of the Institute for the History of the Book and Madrid in Reading , and has published widely in this field. Salamanca
The lectures are at in the Conference Centre at the British Library. Tickets are available from the British Library Box Office,
96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB. Tel: (020) 7412 7222. Email: [log in to unmask]. Admission free.