By Nicholas Dames

How did the Victorians learn novels? Nicholas Dames solutions that deceptively basic query through revealing a now-forgotten diversity of nineteenth-century theories of the unconventional, a variety established in a research of human body structure throughout the act of examining, He demonstrates the ways that the Victorians idea they learn, and uncovers superb responses to the query of what may have transpired within the minds and our bodies of readers of Victorian fiction. His specific studies
of novel critics who have been additionally drawn to neurological technology, mixed with readings of novels by means of Thackeray, Eliot, Meredith, and Gissing, suggest a imaginative and prescient of the Victorian novel-reader as faraway from the quietly immersed being we now think - as as an alternative a reader whose worried process was
addressed, attacked, and soothed by means of authors newly conscious of the neural operations in their public. wealthy in unforeseen intersections, from the British reaction to Wagnerian opera to the delivery of speed-reading within the past due 19th century, The body structure of the unconventional demanding situations our assumptions approximately what novel-reading as soon as did, and nonetheless does, to the person reader, and gives new solutions to the query of ways novels stimulated a culture's means of studying, responding, and feeling.

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