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The Printed Reader

Gender, Quixotism, and Textual Bodies in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Amelia Dale (author)

ISBN: 9781684481026

Publication Date: Apr 2019

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Explores the transformative power of reading in the eighteenth century, and how this was expressed in the fascination with Don Quixote and in a proliferation of narratives about quixotic readers, readers who attempt to reproduce and embody their readings.
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The Printed Reader explores the transformative power of reading in the eighteenth century, and how this was expressed in the fascination with Don Quixote and in a proliferation of narratives about quixotic readers, readers who attempt to reproduce and embody their readings. Through intersecting readings of quixotic narratives, including work by Charlotte Lennox, Laurence Sterne, George Colman, Richard Graves, and Elizabeth Hamilton, Amelia Dale argues that literature was envisaged as imprinting–most crucially, in gendered terms–the reader's mind, character, and body. The Printed Reader brings together key debates concerning quixotic narratives, print culture, sensibility, empiricism, book history, and the material text, connecting developments in print technology to gendered conceptualizations of quixotism. Tracing the meanings of quixotic readers' bodies, The Printed Reader claims the social and political text that is the quixotic reader is structured by the experiential, affective, and sexual resonances of imprinting and impressions.
Illustrations 14 black & white illustrations
Pages 224
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Apr 2019
Publisher Bucknell University Press
Series Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture 1650-1850
Subject/s Literary studies: general   Philosophy of mind   Gender studies, gender groups  
Amelia Dale is a lecturer in the School of Languages and Literature at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics in China.

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