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Professor Mark Towsey MA (Hons), MLitt, PhD, FRHistS

Professor of the History of the Book History

    Teaching


    My teaching focuses on cultural history and the social history of ideas, exploring the interaction between printed texts and the communities in which they were produced. Much of my teaching depends on close analysis of textual primary sources, but I also try to encourage my students to think about how texts were produced, disseminated, and received by historical readers. I also enjoy collaborative teaching with colleagues in other departments, and with external partners at the Liverpool Athenaeum (a library society founded in 1797) and the Decorative Arts Department at National Museums Liverpool, where eighteenth-century artefacts (snuff boxes, teapots, night shirts and the like) help students think differently about the period they study.

    I have been known to teach clarinet, saxophone and chamber music in my spare time, having been a visiting teacher at St Leonard's School and Sixth Form College in St Andrews while completing my PhD.

    Modules for 2021-22

    FEASIBILITY STUDY

    Module code: HIST504

    Role: Teaching

    HISTORY DISSERTATION

    Module code: HIST396

    Role: Teaching

    HISTORY EXTENDED DISSERTATION

    Module code: HIST399

    Role: Teaching

    INVENTED HISTORIES: BRITISH USES OF THE PAST, C1750-1900

    Module code: HIST319

    Role: Module Co-ordinator

    USES OF THE PAST: HISTORY IMPACT MODULE

    Module code: HIST320

    Role: Teaching