Writing the Reader: Configurations of a Cultural Practice in the English Novel
The history of the novel is also a history of shifting views of the value of novel reading. This study investigates how novels themselves participate in this development by featuring reading as a multidimensional cultural practice. English novels about obsessive reading, written in times of medial transition, serve as test cases for a model that brings together analyses of form and content.
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actual reader Alan Bennett Arabella argues Atonement audience authorial narration behaviour Bennett Bovary Braddon’s Briony Briony’s Catherine Catherine’s Cecilia central Cervantes’s chapter character characterized cognitive complex contemporary critical cultural described diegetic discourse Doctor’s Wife Don Quijote edited effects eighteenth century Emma emotional ethical evaluation evoked example exploration Female Quixote fictional reading Fielding’s focus foregrounds gender genre George Gothic novel heroine heterodiegetic highlights Ian McEwan ibid idea interest intertextual irony Isabel Jane Austen Johnson kind literature Littau London Madame Bovary McEwan’s medial metafictional metanarration Miss Glanville moral narrative theory narratology narratorial commentary Northanger Abbey notion novel reading novelistic novella particular passage performance of authorship practice protagonist Queen question quixotic novels quixotic plot quixotic reader reading stances representation represented Robbie role romance scene self-reflexive sense Sigismund Sleaford social specific status story suggests Tom Jones Uncommon Reader women Woolf writing