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The Resource The pleasures of memory : learning to read with Charles Dickens, Sarah Winter

The pleasures of memory : learning to read with Charles Dickens, Sarah Winter

Label
The pleasures of memory : learning to read with Charles Dickens
Title
The pleasures of memory
Title remainder
learning to read with Charles Dickens
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Winter
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
What are the sources of the commonly held presumption that reading literature should make people more just, humane, and sophisticated? Rendering literary history responsive to the cultural histories of reading, publishing, and education, The Pleasures of Memory illuminates the ways that Dickens's serial fiction shaped not only the popular practice of reading for pleasure and instruction associated with the growth of periodical publication in the nineteenth century but also the school subject we now know as English. Examining the full scope of Dickens's literary production, Winter shows how his serial fiction instigated specific reading practices by reworking the conventions of religious didactic tracts from which most Victorians learned to read. Incorporating an influential associationist psychology of learning and reading founded on the cumulative functioning of memory, Dickens's serial novels consistently lead readers to reflect on their reading as a form of shared experience, thus channeling their personal memories of Dickens's "unforgettable" scenes and characters into a public reception reaching across social classes. Dickens's celebrity authorship, Winter argues, represented both a successful marketing program for popular fiction and a cultural politics addressed to a politically unaffiliated, social-activist Victorian readership. As late-nineteenth-century educational reforms in Britain and the United States consolidated Dickens's heterogeneous constituency of readers into the mass populations served by national and state school systems, however, Dickens's beloved novels came to embody the socially inclusive and humanizing goals of democratic education. -- Book cover
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Winter, Sarah
Dewey number
823/.8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR4588
LC item number
.W56 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dickens, Charles
  • Collective memory and literature
  • Books and reading
  • Books and reading
Label
The pleasures of memory : learning to read with Charles Dickens, Sarah Winter
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 409-436) 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
Dickens and the pleasures of memory -- Memory's bonds: associationism and the freedom of thought -- Dickens's originality: serial fiction, celebrity, and The Pickwick Papers -- The pleasures of memory, part I: curiosity as didacticism in The Old Curiosity Shop -- The pleasures of memory, part II: epitaphic reading and cultural memory -- Learning by heart in Our Mutual Friend -- Dickens's laughter: school reading and democratic literature, 1870-1940
Control code
630468078
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiii, 455 pages
Isbn
9780823233540
Lccn
2010050791
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)630468078
Label
The pleasures of memory : learning to read with Charles Dickens, Sarah Winter
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 409-436) 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
Dickens and the pleasures of memory -- Memory's bonds: associationism and the freedom of thought -- Dickens's originality: serial fiction, celebrity, and The Pickwick Papers -- The pleasures of memory, part I: curiosity as didacticism in The Old Curiosity Shop -- The pleasures of memory, part II: epitaphic reading and cultural memory -- Learning by heart in Our Mutual Friend -- Dickens's laughter: school reading and democratic literature, 1870-1940
Control code
630468078
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiii, 455 pages
Isbn
9780823233540
Lccn
2010050791
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)630468078

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