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Machor, James L
Reading fiction in antebellum America : informed response and reception histories, 1820-1865 / James L. Machor
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c2011
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 4th Floor  PS377 .M33 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) American fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Reader-response criticism -- United States
Authors and readers -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Books and reading -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Physical Description xiv, 403 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 321-391) and index
Contents pt. 1. Reading reading historically. Historical hermeneutics, reception theory, and the social conditions of reading in antebellum America ; Interpretive strategies and informed reading in the antebellum public sphere -- pt. 2. Contextual receptions, reading experiences, and patterns of response: four case studies. "These days of double dealing": informed response, reader appropriation, and the tales of Poe ; Multiple audiences and Melville's fiction: receptions, recoveries, and regressions ; Response as (re)construction: the reception of Catharine Sedgwick's novels ; Mercurial readings: the making and unmaking of Caroline Chesebro'-- Conclusion: American literary history and the historical study of interpretive practices

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