The Reading Lesson / Edition 1

The Reading Lesson / Edition 1

by Patrick M. Brantlinger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253212499

ISBN-13: 9780253212498

Pub. Date: 12/01/1998

Publisher: Indiana University Press

"[Brantlinger’s] writing is admirably lucid, his knowledge impressive and his thesis a welcome reminder of the class bias that so often accompanies denunciations of popular fiction." —Publishers Weekly

"Brantlinger is adept at discussing both the fiction itself and the social environment in which that fiction was produced and disseminated. He brings to

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"[Brantlinger’s] writing is admirably lucid, his knowledge impressive and his thesis a welcome reminder of the class bias that so often accompanies denunciations of popular fiction." —Publishers Weekly

"Brantlinger is adept at discussing both the fiction itself and the social environment in which that fiction was produced and disseminated. He brings to his study a thorough knowledge of traditional and contemporary scholarship, which results in an important scholarly book on Victorian fiction and its production." —Choice

"Timely, scrupulously researched, thoroughly enlightening, and steadily readable.... A work of agenda-setting historical scholarship." —Garrett Stewart

Fear of mass literacy stalks the pages of Patrick Brantlinger’s latest book. Its central plot involves the many ways in which novels and novel reading were viewed—especially by novelists themselves—as both causes and symptoms of rotting minds and moral decay among nineteenth-century readers.

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ISBN-13:
9780253212498
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
12/01/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1. Introduction: The Case of the Poisonous Book
2. Gothic Toxins: The Castle of Otranto, The Monk, and Caleb Williams
3. The Reading Monster
4. How Oliver Twist Learned to Read, and What He Found
5. Poor Jack, Poor Jane: Representing the Working Class and Women in Early and Mid-Victorian Novels
6. Cashing in on the Real in Thackeray and Trollope
7. Novel Sensations of the 1860s
8. The Educations of Edward Hyde and Edwin Reardon
9. Overbooked versus Bookless Futures in Late-Victorian Fiction
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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