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Bodies and books : reading and the fantasy of communion in nineteenth-century America

Author: Gillian D Silverman
Publisher: Philadelphia : PENN/University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This book argues that the practice of reading in nineteenth-century America was rooted in fantasies of communion. In handling a book, the reader imagined touching and being touched by the people  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gillian D Silverman
ISBN: 9780812244151 081224415X
OCLC Number: 761383886
Description: xiii, 226 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Reading and the search for oneness --
The fantasy of communion --
Railroad reading, wayward reading --
Books and the dead --
Textual sentimentalism : incest and the author-reader bond in Melville's Pierre --
Outside the circle : embodied communion in Frederick Douglass's 1845 narrative --
"The polishing attrition" : reading, writing, and renunciation in the work of Susan Warner --
No end in sight.
Responsibility: Gillian Silverman.
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"Gillian Silverman's lively study of reading practices in the nineteenth-century United States provides excellent analyses of books and readers alike. By looking at how readers could experience Read more...

 
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