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The Pleasures of Memory: Learning to Read with Charles Dickens

Sarah Winter


What are the sources of the commonly held presumption that reading literature should make people more just, humane, and sophisticated? Rendering literary history responsive to the cultural histories of reading, publishing, and education, this book illuminates the ways that Dickens's serial fiction shaped not only the popular practice of reading for pleasure and instruction associated with the growth of periodical publication in the nineteenth century but also the school subject we now know as “English.” Examining a set of Dickens's most popular novels from The Pickwick Papers to Our Mutual Fri ... More

Keywords: serial fiction, novel reading, memory, associationism, Charles Dickens, democratic education, Victorian reading audiences, new media studies, modern authorship, English literature curriculum

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780823233526
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823233526.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Winter, author
Department of English, University of Connecticut, Storrs