Reading Fictions, 1660-1740: Deception in English Literary and Political Culture
English society in the late 17th and early 18th centuries was fascinated by deception, and concerns about deceptive narratives had a profound effect on reading practices. This study explores ways in which reading habits, first developed to deal with suspect political and religious texts, were applied to a range of genres.
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