Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Quote

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

List of Tables

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pp. xi-xii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xiv

...eight years I have incurred many debts, too many in fact to acknowledge properly. But I must express my sincere appreciation to the following people and institutions. For permitting me to reprint articles that appeared first...

Abbreviations

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pp. xv-xviii

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Introduction

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pp. 3-24

...entirely distracted by her own thoughts. Their immediate relationship is made no clearer by the artist's odd choice of title, "The Two Sisters, or The Embroiderers"; reading is not even mentioned. Knowledge about the women complicates still further...

Part I: The Historical Context

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1. The Printed Word

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pp. 27-54

...recording have been a mistake? In a hurry or bored by the tedium of his job, the clerk may have misread or miscopied the actual figure. But sixteen days later, on April...

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2. A Literate Society

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pp. 55-82

...and Gautier, prose fiction by 1850 had developed a national audience. The novel had become a pastime for nearly an entire society now touched more or less directly by the printed word. To what extent was this true? How many people...

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3. The Politics of Reception

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pp. 83-110

...or at least for his published approval of the poet's work. Despite Baudelaire's personal visit, the powerful critic refused to help him as he had Flaubert earlier that year...

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4. Cultural Mentalities

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pp. 111-140

...to Greek and Latin works. Hardly a useless fantasy, Etheve stated, this detachment from the text provided her a perspective on life far wiser than the dogmatic self-righteousness of a fellow student also discussed in the letter, even though her professors...

Part II: Historical Interpretive Practices: The Art of Reading

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5. Artistic Images

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pp. 143-176

...simply reading a book or newspaper to themselves. Wherever literate people were in nineteenth-century Paris, Daumier portrayed them—in cafes, parks, and libraries...

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6. In the Novel

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pp. 177-198

...too well how these images left by the mind are easily erased by the mind. In the place of the old, it substitutes the new that does not have the same power to resurrect [the past]." And so Marcel feared that his impressions of the present would displace...

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7. Journals and Memoirs

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pp. 199-224

...journals, memoirs, and autobiographies are rich historical documents that define still more dimensions to the history of interpretive practice. Chateaubriand's recollection of Madame...

Part III: Historical Interpretive Practices: The Act of Reading

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8. From Noble Sentiment to Personal Sensibility

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pp. 227-249

...name, a degradation without precedent." It seemed to Rey that French society had lost its bearings; self-interest and cynicism prevailed everywhere—except for Courteline: "You, you were to the side of all that, you, oh my master." Despite enormous...

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9. Responses to Genre

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pp. 250-274

...the war, the commissions were given specific guidelines, formulas in fact, to facilitate the detection of information potentially valuable to the enemy. The Army General...

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10. Reading the Novel

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pp. 275-302

...observations bear on the conception, on the plan, on the outline of the book," he wrote. This analytical framework required Nettement to include commentary "on the...

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Conclusion

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pp. 303-320

...easily described historical context, of course, did not explain entirely the way in which reading participated in art, literature, and memoir—some of the richest but most difficult historical sources on the subject. Artists, novelists, and memoirists...

Appendix: Tables

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pp. 321-338

Selected Bibliography of Archival Sources

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pp. 339-342

Index

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pp. 343-356