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Fever Reading (Paperback)
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Fever Reading (Paperback)

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Paperback 216 Pages / Published: 12/07/2012
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Drawing on a rich archive of scandal chronicles, pornography, medical journals, religious novels, and popular newspapers, as well as more canonical sources, Michael Millner examines the panics and paranoia associated with "bad reading" in the United States from the late eighteenth century to the Civil War. Weaving into his analysis a model of emotion recently developed in cognitive psychology, he provides the back-history to our present-day debates about "bad" reading and shows how these debates-both in the past and in the present-are in part about the shape of the public sphere itself.

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9781611682434
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This study by Millner examines the epidemic of 'fever reading' that swept through the United States in the late-18th and mid-19th centuries. . . . .Millner examines three archives of popular, late antebellum 'bad reading' material--obscenity, scandal papers, and religious fictions--forms of literature that produce an emotional response in the reader. He looks at how this type of 'affective reading, ' which he argues predominates in our current media-saturated culture, has as much power to shape the public sphere as did the rational-critical reading promoted in the early American republic. . . . Recommended."--Choice
" Millner examines the moral panic and paranoia associated with what was known as reading badly. Millner argues that considering emotional responses to texts, especially when using the new models for determining what emotion is and does, could change the way reading and readers are understood."--American Literature to 1900
Choice"
"Lively and plausible, is Milner's reflection on "de-emotionalizing embodiment" in obscene print. His proposal that "the object of identification in celebrity worship is not a particular person but the public sphere itself" is suggestive. Bold as well, on a foundation that is documentary rather than conjectural, is Fever Reading's charge the "religious texts . . . were received" in Jew Jersey's notoriously remote and ill-educated Pine Barrens "in the context of a modern, critical public sphere." As researchers pull these claims into conversation with projects by scholars of reception such as it is, they are sure to enjoy the provocations Milner's work offers." "The Historian""
American Literature to 1900"
This study by Millner examines the epidemic of fever reading that swept through the United States in the late-18th and mid-19th centuries. . . . .Millner examines three archives of popular, late antebellum bad reading material obscenity, scandal papers, and religious fictions forms of literature that produce an emotional response in the reader. He looks at how this type of affective reading, which he argues predominates in our current media-saturated culture, has as much power to shape the public sphere as did the rational-critical reading promoted in the early American republic. . . . Recommended. "Choice""
Millner examines the moral panic and paranoia associated with what was known as reading badly. Millner argues that considering emotional responses to texts, especially when using the new models for determining what emotion is and does, could change the way reading and readers are understood. "American Literature to 1900""

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