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Loving Literature: A Cultural History

Deidre Shauna Lynch


In Britain between the mid-eighteenth and the mid-nineteenth centuries, the term literature, once a term for erudition and study in general, gradually took on its familiar, modern meaning and came to designate a narrow canon of exclusively imaginative works. As many histories of the disciplines, publishing, canon-formation, and taste have established, literature emerged in this period as a distinctive sort of object of professional study, pedagogy, and marketing. This book, however, explores how that reinvention of literature also represented an event in the history of the emotions and persona ... More

Keywords: literature, love, home, canon-formation, reading, history of the emotions, English studies, sensibility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226183701
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226183848.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Deidre Shauna Lynch, author
Professor of English, Harvard University

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