Modern American Reading Practices : Between Aesthetics and History (Hardcover)

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In this thoughtful study, Phillip Goldstein shows how the valuation of aesthetics in literary criticism has become increasingly complicated in recent decades. Contemporary readers not only need to look at the text''s figures and structure, or the author''s intention but must take various media, including television, movies, magazines, and newspapers; as well as the sexuality, gender, race, or nationality of the author, media, or text into account. In this context, Goldstein argues that the study of modern reading practices most effectively preserves the autonomy of aesthetics while revealing the changing social and historical contexts of American readers. Using pluralist perspectives on novels such as "Frankenstein," "Huckleberry Finn," "Native Son," "Light in August," and "Jazz," this study suggests that these new historical conditions have markedly expanded and transformed the ways in which Americans have defined and read literature in the last two hundred years.

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Publisher Palgrave MacMillan
Mfg Part# 9780230612259
SKU 208000586
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0230612253
Release Date 11/21/2011
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0181
Publisher Palgrave MacMillan
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