Writing the reader : configurations of a cultural practice in the English novel / Dorothee Birke.

Birke, Dorothee [Browse]
1st ed.
  • De Gruyter 2016
  • Berlin, [Germany] ; Boston, [Massachusetts] : De Gruyter, 2016.
  • ©2016
1 online resource (268 p.)


  • Linguae & litterae ; Volume 59. [More in this series]
  • linguae & litterae : Publications of the School of Language & Literature Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, 1869-7054 ; Volume 59
Summary note
The history of the novel is also a history of shifting views of the value of novel reading. This study investigates how novels themselves participate in this development by featuring reading as a multidimensional cultural practice. English novels about obsessive reading, written in times of medial transition, serve as test cases for a model that brings together analyses of form and content.
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Dissertation note
Habil. Univ. Freiburg i.Br. 2014.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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funded by Knowledge Unlatched
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Language note
In English.
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations of Titles
  • Part I
  • Chapter 1. Writing the Reader
  • Chapter 2. The Reader in the Text: Dramatizing Literary Communication
  • Part II
  • Chapter 3. The Ambivalent Rise of the Novel Reader: Charlotte Lennox's The Female Quixote
  • Chapter 4. The Institutionalization of Novel Reading: Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey
  • Chapter 5. Psychologizing Reading as Social Behaviour: Mary Elizabeth Braddon's The Doctor's Wife
  • Part III
  • Chapter 6. Looking Forward, Looking Back: Novel Reading in the Twenty-First Century
  • Chapter 7. Taking Stock of the Novel Reader's History: Ian McEwan's Atonement
  • Chapter 8. The Nostalgic Future of Novel Reading: Alan Bennett's The Uncommon Reader
  • Concluding Remarks
  • Works Cited
  • Index of Names
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  • 3-11-040006-5
  • 3-11-039984-9
  • 953276806
  • 956998350
  • 10.1515/9783110399844
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