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Author Katz, Peter J., author.

Title Reading bodies in Victorian fiction : associationism, empathy and literary authority / Peter J. Katz
Published Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2022]


Description 1 online resource (vii, 248 pages)
Series Edinburgh critical studies in Victorian culture
Edinburgh critical studies in Victorian culture.
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction: Associationism, Affect and Literary Authority -- 1 Feeling Bodies: Associationism and the Anti-Metaphorics of Materiality -- 2 Symbolic Bodies: The Storyteller, Memory and Suffering in Boz's 'The Hospital Patient' -- 3 Metaphoric Bodies: The Professional Author, Sensation and Serialisation in Great Expectations -- 4 Plastic Bodies: The Scientist, Vital Mechanics and Ethical Habits of Character in Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone -- 5 Represented Bodies: The Lawyer, Conclusions and Circumstantial Evidence in Lady Audley's Secret -- 6 Caring Bodies: The Reformer, Sartorial Exchange and the Work of the Novel in Walter Besant's Children of Gibeon -- Coda: In Defence of Victorian Optimism -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary Explores how Victorian novelists used the science of feeling to understand reading as an embodied process that cultivates empathy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 222-241) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Sentimentalism in literature.
Association of ideas in literature.
Empathy in literature.
Books and reading -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Reading -- Great Britain -- Psychological aspects -- History -- 19th century
Literature and morals -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
FICTION / Literary
Sentimentalism in literature
Reading -- Psychological aspects
Literature and morals
Books and reading
Association of ideas in literature
Empathy in literature
English fiction
Great Britain
Genre/Form Literary criticism
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Literary criticism.
Critiques littéraires.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781474476225