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The Resource Loving literature : a cultural history, Deidre Shauna Lynch

Loving literature : a cultural history, Deidre Shauna Lynch

Label
Loving literature : a cultural history
Title
Loving literature
Title remainder
a cultural history
Statement of responsibility
Deidre Shauna Lynch
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Of the many charges laid against contemporary literary scholars, one of the most common{u2014}and perhaps the most wounding{u2014}is that they simply don't love books. And while the most obvious response is that, no, actually the profession of literary studies does acknowledge and address personal attachments to literature, that answer risks obscuring a more fundamental question: Why should they? That question led Deidre Shauna Lynch into the historical and cultural investigation of Loving Literature. How did it come to be that professional literary scholars are expected not just to study, but to love literature, and to inculcate that love in generations of students? What Lynch discovers is that books, and the attachments we form to them, have long played a role in the formation of private life{u2014}that the love of literature, in other words, is neither incidental to, nor inextricable from, the history of literature. Yet at the same time, there is nothing self-evident or ahistorical about our love of literature: our views of books as objects of affection have clear roots in late eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century publishing, reading habits, and domestic history. While never denying the very real feelings that warm our relationship to books, Loving Literature nonetheless serves as a riposte to those who use the phrase 2the love of literature3 as if its meaning were transparent, its essence happy and healthy. Lynch writes, 2It is as if those on the side of love of literature had forgotten what literary texts themselves say about love{u2019}s edginess and complexities.3 With this masterly volume, Lynch restores those edges, and allows us to revel in those complexities. --Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lynch, Deidre
Dewey number
820.9
Index
index present
LC call number
PR129.U5
LC item number
L96 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English literature
  • English literature
  • English literature
  • English literature
  • English literature
  • English literature
Label
Loving literature : a cultural history, Deidre Shauna Lynch
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
At home in English -- Choosing an author as you choose a friend -- Making it personal -- Possessive love -- Literary history and the man who loved too much -- Wedded to books: nineteenth-century bookmen at home -- English literature for everyday use -- Going steady: canons' clockwork -- Dead poets societies -- Canon love in Gothic libraries -- Poetry at death's door
Control code
878812961
Extent
pages cm.
Isbn
9780226183701
Lccn
2014015454
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)878812961
Label
Loving literature : a cultural history, Deidre Shauna Lynch
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
At home in English -- Choosing an author as you choose a friend -- Making it personal -- Possessive love -- Literary history and the man who loved too much -- Wedded to books: nineteenth-century bookmen at home -- English literature for everyday use -- Going steady: canons' clockwork -- Dead poets societies -- Canon love in Gothic libraries -- Poetry at death's door
Control code
878812961
Extent
pages cm.
Isbn
9780226183701
Lccn
2014015454
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)878812961

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