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The Physiology of the Novel 9780199208968

The Physiology of the Novel

Reading, Neural Science, and the Form of Victorian Fiction

ISBN-10: 0199208964
ISBN-13: 9780199208968
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PUBLISHER: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
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Product Description: How did the Victorians read novels? Nicholas Dames answers that deceptively simple question by revealing a now-forgotten range of nineteenth-century theories of the novel, a range based in a study of human physiology during the act of reading, He demonstrates the ways in which the Victoriansthought they read, and uncovers surprising responses to the question of what might have transpired in the minds and bodies of readers of Victorian fiction. His detailed studies of novel critics who were also interested in neurological science, combined with readings of novels by Thackeray, Eliot,Meredith, and Gissing, propose a vision of the Victorian novel-reader as far from the quietly immersed being we now imagine - as instead a reader whose nervous system was addressed, attacked, and soothed by authors newly aware of the neural operations of their public. Rich in unexpectedintersections, from the British response to Wagnerian opera to the birth of speed-reading in the late nineteenth century, The Physiology of the Novel challenges our assumptions about what novel-reading once did, and still does, to the individual reader, and provides new answers to the question ofhow novels influenced a culture's way of reading, responding, and feeling.

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PAGES: 288
CATEGORY: Literary Criticism
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