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The Literary Marketplace of the Circulating Library, 1830-1930

Ott, Elizabeth
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Ott, Elizabeth
Advisor
Fraiman, Susan
Abstract
This dissertation explores the history of the British circulating library between 1830 and 1930, re-evaluating its role as purveyor of literature during a time of rapid change. Framing a history of the circulating library between 1830 and 1930, around major shifts in the literary marketplace, allows for a broader understating of the function of book rental for novel readers. Concepts of gender, class, and literary value recur again and again as controlling narratives for the importance of circulating libraries. These concepts are closely related to the development and evolution of the novel, and their recurrence in the history of the circulating library points to a shared history. As anxieties about class are displaced onto anxieties about gender, and vice versa, the circulating library emerges as an essential location for debates about the relationships between readers and books, authors and publishers, art and commerce, literature and reception.
Language
English
Date Received
20170907
Published
University of Virginia, Department of English, PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), 2017
Published Date
2017-11-30
Degree
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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