One of the main common—and wounding—misconceptions approximately literary students this day is they easily don’t love books. whereas these truly operating in literary experiences can simply refute this declare, one of these reaction hazards obscuring a extra primary query: why should still they?

that question led Deidre Shauna Lynch into the old and cultural research of Loving Literature. How did it end up that pro literary students are anticipated not only to check, yet to love literature, and to inculcate that love in generations of scholars? What Lynch discovers is that books, and the attachments we shape to them, have performed a necessary position within the formation of personal life—that the affection of literature, in different phrases, is deeply embedded within the background of literature. but while, our love is neither self-evident nor ahistorical: our perspectives of books as items of love have transparent roots in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century publishing, examining behavior, and family history.

whereas by no means denying the very actual emotions that hot our courting to books, Loving Literature nonetheless serves as a riposte to those that use the word “the love of literature” as though its which means have been obvious. Lynch writes, “It is as though these at the aspect of affection of literature had forgotten what literary texts themselves say approximately love’s edginess and complexities.” With this masterly quantity, Lynch restores these edges and permits us to enjoy these complexities.

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