Loving Literature: A Cultural History by Deidre Shauna Lynch

By Deidre Shauna Lynch

One of the main common—and wounding—misconceptions approximately literary students at the present time is they easily don’t love books. whereas these really operating in literary stories can simply refute this declare, this sort of reaction dangers obscuring a extra basic query: why may still they?

that question led Deidre Shauna Lynch into the historic and cultural research of Loving Literature. How did it turn out to be that pro literary students are anticipated not only to check, yet to love literature, and to inculcate that love in generations of scholars? What Lynch discovers is that books, and the attachments we shape to them, have performed an important function within the formation of non-public life—that the affection of literature, in different phrases, is deeply embedded within the heritage of literature. but whilst, our love is neither self-evident nor ahistorical: our perspectives of books as gadgets of love have transparent roots in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century publishing, studying behavior, and household history.

whereas by no means denying the very actual emotions that hot our dating to books, Loving Literature nonetheless serves as a riposte to people who use the word “the love of literature” as though its that means have been obvious. Lynch writes, “It is as though these at the aspect of affection of literature had forgotten what literary texts themselves say approximately love’s edginess and complexities.” With this masterly quantity, Lynch restores these edges and permits us to experience these complexities.

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