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Author Brantlinger, Patrick, 1941-

Title The reading lesson : the threat of mass literacy in nineteenth century British fiction / Patrick Brantlinger.

Imprint Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1998.

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Location Call No. Status OPAC Message Public Note Gift Note
 Moore Stacks  PR868.P68 B73 1998    Available  ---
Description 254 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [232]-246) and index.
Contents Introduction: the case of the poisonous book -- Gothic toxins: The castle of Otranto, The monk, and Caleb Williams -- The reading monster -- How Oliver Twist learned to read, and what he read -- Poor Jack, poor Jane: representing the working class and women in early and mid-Victorian novels -- Cashing in on the real in Thackeray and Trollope -- Novel sensations of the 1860s -- The educations of Edward Hyde and Edwin Reardon -- Overbooked versus bookless futures in late-Victorian fiction.
Subject English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Popular literature -- Appreciation -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Working class -- Books and reading -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Books and reading -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Literacy -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Fiction -- Appreciation -- Great Britain -- History.
Books and reading in literature.
Popular culture in literature.
Social conflict in literature.
ISBN 0253212499 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0253334543 (hbk. : alk. paper)