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

Author: Gillian D Silverman
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In nineteenth-century America, Gillian Silverman contends, reading - and particularly book reading - precipitated intense fantasies of communion. In handling a book, the reader imagined touching and being touched by the people affiliated with that book's narrative world - an author, a character, a fellow reader. This experience often led to a sense of consubstantiality, a fantasy that the reader, the material book,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2011046743
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gillian D Silverman
ISBN: 9780812206180 0812206185 9780812206180
OCLC Number: 847551175
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 226 pages)
Contents: Preface: Reading and the Search for Oneness Introduction: The Fantasy of Communion Chapter 1. Railroad Reading, Wayward Reading Chapter 2. Books and the Dead Chapter 3. Textual Sentimentalism: Incest and the Author-Reader Bond in Melville's Pierre Chapter 4. Outside the Circle: Embodied Communion in Frederick Douglass's 1845 Narrative Chapter 5. "The Polishing Attrition": Reading, Writing, and Renunciation in the Work of Susan Warner Epilogue: No End in Sight Notes Bibliography Index Acknowledgments
Responsibility: Gillian Silverman.

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