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The Resource The economy of character : novels, market culture, and the business of inner meaning, Deidre Shauna Lynch

The economy of character : novels, market culture, and the business of inner meaning, Deidre Shauna Lynch

Label
The economy of character : novels, market culture, and the business of inner meaning
Title
The economy of character
Title remainder
novels, market culture, and the business of inner meaning
Statement of responsibility
Deidre Shauna Lynch
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
At the start of the eighteenth century, talk of literary "characters" referred as much to letters and typefaces as it did to persons in books. Yet by the nineteenth century, characters had become companions to their readers, friends with whom readers might spend time and empathize. Although the story of this shift is usually told in terms of the "rise of the individual," Deidre Shauna Lynch proposes an ingenious alternative interpretation. Elaborating a "pragmatics of character," Lynch shows how readers used transactions with characters to accommodate themselves to newly commercialized social relations. Searching for the inner meanings of characters allowed readers both to plumb their own inwardness and to distinguish themselves from others. In a culture of mass consumption, argues Lynch, possessing a belief in the inexpressible interior life of a character rendered one's property truly private
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lynch, Deidre
Dewey number
823/.509355
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR858.C47
LC item number
L94 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English fiction
  • Characters and characteristics in literature
  • English fiction
  • Psychological fiction, English
  • Literature and society
  • Authors and readers
  • Books and reading
  • Romanticism
Label
The economy of character : novels, market culture, and the business of inner meaning, Deidre Shauna Lynch
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-307) 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
Part I: The economies of characteristic writing -- Fleshing out characters -- Fictions of social circulation, 1742-1782 -- Part Two: Inside stories -- "Round" characters and romantic-period reading relations -- Agoraphobia and interiority in Frances Burney's fiction -- Jane Austen and the social machine -- Conclusion: The real thing and the "work" of literature in nineteenth-century culture
Control code
37608305
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 317 pages
Isbn
9780226498195
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
97040313
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The economy of character : novels, market culture, and the business of inner meaning, Deidre Shauna Lynch
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-307) 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
Part I: The economies of characteristic writing -- Fleshing out characters -- Fictions of social circulation, 1742-1782 -- Part Two: Inside stories -- "Round" characters and romantic-period reading relations -- Agoraphobia and interiority in Frances Burney's fiction -- Jane Austen and the social machine -- Conclusion: The real thing and the "work" of literature in nineteenth-century culture
Control code
37608305
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 317 pages
Isbn
9780226498195
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
97040313
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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