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Dangerous Potential of Reading: Readers and the Negotiation of Power in Nineteenth-Century Narratives Ana-Isabel Aliaga-Buchenau

Dangerous Potential of Reading: Readers and the Negotiation of Power in Nineteenth-Century Narratives

Ana-Isabel Aliaga-Buchenau

Published November 13th 2003
ISBN : 9781280076121
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187 pages
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The development of a mass readership, a mass market for books and the prominent status of reading and readers is reflected in the central role of literacy, reading and books in the lives of protagonists in nineteenth-century American and FrenchMoreThe development of a mass readership, a mass market for books and the prominent status of reading and readers is reflected in the central role of literacy, reading and books in the lives of protagonists in nineteenth-century American and French literature. In this book, Ana-Isabel Aliaga-Buchenau examines the destabilizing role of reading in the works of Frederick Douglass, Horatio Alger, Emile Zola, Louisa May Alcott and Gustave Flaubert. This book - the first to study nineteenth-century protagonists across lines of nationality, class and gender - demonstrates the empowering effects of reading for Douglass, Algers Ragged Dick, Zolas Etienne, Alcotts Jo and Flauberts Emma.