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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
Statement of responsibility
James L. Machor
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
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
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Machor, James L
Dewey number
813/.309
Index
index present
LC call number
PS377
LC item number
.M33 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American fiction
  • Reader-response criticism
  • Authors and readers
  • Books and reading
Label
Reading fiction in antebellum America : informed response and reception histories, 1820-1865, James L. Machor
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
  • Historical hermeneutics, reception theory, and the social conditions of reading in antebellum America -- Interpretive strategies and informed reading in the antebellum public sphere -- "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'-- American literary history and the historical study of interpretive practices
Control code
639573963
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 403 pages
Isbn
9780801898747
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010022274
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)639573963
Label
Reading fiction in antebellum America : informed response and reception histories, 1820-1865, James L. Machor
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
  • Historical hermeneutics, reception theory, and the social conditions of reading in antebellum America -- Interpretive strategies and informed reading in the antebellum public sphere -- "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'-- American literary history and the historical study of interpretive practices
Control code
639573963
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 403 pages
Isbn
9780801898747
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010022274
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)639573963

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