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The Reading Lesson: The Threat of Mass Literacy in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction

The Reading Lesson: The Threat of Mass Literacy in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction (Paperback)

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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 WeeklyBrantlinger 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." -ChoiceTimely, scrupulously researched, thoroughly enlightening, and steadily readable.... A work of agenda-setting historical scholarship." -Garrett StewartFear 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.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writersEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 Publisher: Indiana University Press Publication Date: 01/06/1998 ISBN-13: 9780253212498  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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PATRICK BRANTLINGER is professor of English and Victorian Studies at Indiana University. He served for ten years as editor of Victorian Studies and is author of The Spirit of Reform: British Literature and Politics, 1832-1867 (1977), Bread and Circuses: Theories of Mass Culture as Social Decay (1983), Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism (1988), and Fictions of State: Culture and Credit in Britain, 1694-1994 (1997).

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