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Author LeFavour, Cree
Title "Who reads an American book?": British reprints and popular reading in America, 1848--1858
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Descript 328 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 64-12, Section: A, page: 4466
Adviser: Phillip Brian Harper
Thesis (Ph.D.)--New York University, 2004
This dissertation argues that British novels reprinted in the United States dominated the literary marketplace throughout the 1850s, more often than not outselling American-authored works and defining the terms and conditions of popular reading for women. By approaching American literary history of the 1850s from the perspective of the material history of books, it demonstrates both the popularity of British novels and their cultural significance in shaping the contours of middle-class, white American femininity. Analysis of key American texts in the broader context of the most widely read British reprints upsets the conventional history of the period's most popular "sentimental" women's writing as well as many assumptions about the major works of the period. By engaging a transatlantic, interdisciplinary approach, the dissertation expands and enriches the literary history of this crucial moment in the formation of American national culture
School code: 0146
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 64-12A
Subject Literature, American
Literature, Comparative
Literature, English
Alt Author New York University
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