The Resource Reading fiction in antebellum America : informed response and reception histories, 1820-1865, James L. Machor

Reading fiction in antebellum America : informed response and reception histories, 1820-1865, James L. Machor

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Reading fiction in antebellum America : informed response and reception histories, 1820-1865
Title
Reading fiction in antebellum America
Title remainder
informed response and reception histories, 1820-1865
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James L. Machor
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  • eng
  • eng
Summary
James L. Machor offers a sweeping exploration of how American fiction was received in both public and private spheres in the United States before the Civil War. Machor takes four antebellum authors--Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Catharine Sedgwick, and Caroline Chesebro'--and analyzes how their works were published, received, and interpreted. Drawing on discussions found in book reviews and in private letters and diaries, Machor examines how middle-class readers of the time engaged with contemporary fiction and how fiction reading evolved as an interpretative practice in nineteenth-century America. Through careful analysis, Machor illuminates how the reading practices of nineteenth-century Americans shaped not only the experiences of these writers at the time but also the way the writers were received in the twentieth century. What Machor reveals is that these authors were received in ways strikingly different from how they are currently read, thereby shedding significant light on their present status in the literary canon in comparison to their critical and popular positions in their own time. Machor deftly combines response and reception criticism and theory with work in the history of reading to engage with groundbreaking scholarship in historical hermeneutics. In so doing, Machor takes us ever closer to understanding the particular and varying reading strategies of historical audiences and how they impacted authors' conceptions of their own readership.--Book jacket
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Machor, James L
Dewey number
813/.309
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
PS377
LC item number
.M33 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • American fiction
  • Reader-response criticism
  • Authors and readers
  • Books and reading
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Reading fiction in antebellum America : informed response and reception histories, 1820-1865, James L. Machor
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Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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multicolored
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text
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txt
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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unknown
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1 online resource (xiv, 403 p. )
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online
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Open Access
Isbn
9780801899331
Lccn
2010022274
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computer
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c
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unknown sound
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remote
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  • (MH)012743140-3
  • (SSID)ssj0000606635
  • (PQKBManifestationID)11390924
  • (PQKBTitleCode)TC0000606635
  • (PQKBWorkID)10582142
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  • (MiAaPQ)EBC4398339
  • (OCoLC)794700392
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  • (EXLCZ)993240000000064644
Label
Reading fiction in antebellum America : informed response and reception histories, 1820-1865, James L. Machor
Publication
Note
Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
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
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 403 p. )
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Open Access
Isbn
9780801899331
Lccn
2010022274
Media category
computer
Media type code
c
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MH)012743140-3
  • (SSID)ssj0000606635
  • (PQKBManifestationID)11390924
  • (PQKBTitleCode)TC0000606635
  • (PQKBWorkID)10582142
  • (PQKB)11608620
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC4398339
  • (OCoLC)794700392
  • (MdBmJHUP)muse1438
  • (EXLCZ)993240000000064644

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