In this Book

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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xxii
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  1. Part One
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. The Senses of Reading
  2. pp. 3-28
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  1. 2. Good and Bad Reading in the Early United States
  2. pp. 29-68
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  1. Part Two
  2. pp. 69-70
  1. 3. Obscene Reading
  2. pp. 71-94
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  1. 4. Scandalous Reading
  2. pp. 95-120
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  1. 5. Prayerful Reading
  2. pp. 121-140
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 141-146
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 147-152
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 153-168
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 169-180
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 181-188
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781611682441
Print ISBN
9781611682427
MARC Record
OCLC
794788243
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2012-06-26
Language
English
Open Access
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