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- DescriptionIn romances-Renaissance England's version of the fantasy vel-characters often discover books that turn out to be magical or prophetic, and to offer insights into their readers' selves. The Immaterial Book examines scenes of reading in important romance texts across genres: Spenser's Faerie Queene, Shakespeare's Cymbeline and The Tempest, Wroth's Urania, and Cervantes' Don Quixote. It offers a response to material book studies by calling for a new focus on imaginary or immaterial books, and argues that early modern romance authors, rather than replicating contemporary reading practices within their texts, are reviving ancient and medieval ideas of the book as a conceptual framework, which they use to investigate urgent, new ideas about the self and the self-conscious mind.
- Author BiographySarah Wall-Randell is Assistant Professor of English, Wellesley College, USA.
- Author(s)Sarah Wall-Randell
- PublisherThe University of Michigan Press
- Date of Publication30/11/2013
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Place of PublicationAnn Arbor
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of Michigan Press
- Weight454 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
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