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The physiology of the novel : reading, neural science, and the form of Victorian fiction

Author: Nicholas Dames
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
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How did the Victorians read novels? The author answers that deceptively simple question by revealing a now-forgotten range of 19th century theories of the novel, based in a study of human physiology during the act of reading.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dames, Nicholas, 1970-
Physiology of the novel.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)608522272
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Dames
ISBN: 9780199208968 0199208964
OCLC Number: 123374277
Description: vii, 277 pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Toward a History of Victorian Novel Theory --
I. Theories of Reading: a Critical Prehistory --
1. Mass Reading and Physiological Novel Theory --
I I. Practices of Reading: Four Cases --
2. Distraction's Negative Liberty: Thackeray and Attention --
(Intermittent Form) --
3. Melodies for the Forgetful: Eliot, Wagner, and Duration --
(Elongated Form) --
4. Just Noticeable Differences: Meredith and Fragmentation --
(Discontinuous Form) --
5. The Eye as Motor: Gissing and Speed-Reading (Accelerated Form) --
Coda: I. A. Richards and the End of Physiological Novel Theory --
Bibliography --
Index
Responsibility: Nicholas Dames.
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How did the Victorians read novels? The author answers that deceptively simple question by revealing a now-forgotten range of 19th century theories of the novel, based in a study of human physiology during the act of reading.

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