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Loving Literature
Author: Deidre Shauna Lynch

ISBN: 9780226183701
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 7 November 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 6.0 x 9.0 x 3.0
Description:
Of the many charges laid against contemporary literary scholars, one of the most common?and perhaps the most wounding?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?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 publ...

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