The Feeling of Reading

The Feeling of Reading

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qThis gathering of state-of-the-art work generates a convincing and compelling vision of the emerging state of the field.q ---Daniel Hack, University of Michigan Through discussions of an array of materials ranging from diaries to critical essays to cartoons, the collected writings in The Feeling of Reading explore the wide range of ways in which Victorian readers thought about the act of reading. With innovative examinations of well-known works by authors such as George Eliot, Lewis Carroll, and Lord Alfred Tennyson, the essays in this collection demonstrate that in the latter half of the 19th century, reading was commonly regarded as much as an affective experience as a way to convey information or increase understanding. By virtue of renewed attention to the experience of reading, rather than the information gained by the act, The Feeling of Reading demonstrates reading's intriguing and mysterious nature---not just because of the individuality of the experience but because the consequences of that experience can never be fully determined in advance. In addition to its obvious interest to Victorian historians and literary critics, this collection should find a readership among historical and literary scholars interested in the history and theory of reading. Rachel Ablow is Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.I quote the a€¹rst four lines only, but each stanza is formed by the same nonsensical juxtaposition of isolated lines from Dickinsona#39;s schoolroom experiences. ... 36 But by embedding his parody of Wattsa#39;s poem in a prosimetric narrative that both stages and critiques the act of ... But while the empire of the memorized poem came to spread in this way beyond the realm of the privileged classes, the se- lectionanbsp;...

Title:The Feeling of Reading
Author:Rachel Ablow
Publisher:University of Michigan Press - 2010


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