A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle-class Desire

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 424 pages
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Deftly melding ethnography, cultural history, literary criticism, and autobiographical reflection, A Feeling for Books is at once an engaging study of the Book-of-the-Month Club's influential role as a cultural institution and a profoundly personal
 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
IN SERVICE OF THE GENERAL READER
21
A Business with a Mission
49
The Intelligent Generalist and the Uses of Reading
88
ON THE HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE ROW
127
A Modern Selling Machine for Books
154
Automated Book Distribution and the Negative Option Agency and Choice in a Standardized World
187
The Scandal of the Middlebrow The ProfessionalManagerial Class and the Exercise of Authority in the Literary Field
221
Reading for a New Class The Judges the Practical Logic of Book Selection and the Question of Middlebrow Style
261
A Library of Books for the Aspiring Professional Some Effects of Middlebrow Reading
305
AFTERWORD
352
NOTES
361
SOURCES CITED
397
INDEX
411
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About the author (1997)

Janice A. Radway is Walter Dill Scott Professor of Communication and professor of American studies and gender studies at Northwestern University and author of "Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature.

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