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Description - The Dangerous Potential of Reading by Ana-Isabel Aliaga-Buchenau

The development of a mass readership, a mass market for books and the prominent status of reading and readers is reflected in the central role of literacy, reading and books in the lives of protagonists in nineteenth-century American and French literature. In this book, Ana-Isabel Aliaga-Buchenau examines the destabilizing role of reading in the works of Frederick Douglass, Horatio Alger, Emile Zola, Louisa May Alcott and Gustave Flaubert. This book - the first to study nineteenth-century protagonists across lines of nationality, class and gender - demonstrates the empowering effects of reading for Douglass, Alger's Ragged Dick, Zola's Etienne, Alcott's Jo and Flaubert's Emma.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415968331
ISBN-10: 041596833X
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 202
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ana-Isabel Aliaga-Buchenau

Ana-Isabel Aliaga-Buchenau received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is working on a comparative study of ficitional representations of German immigration to Mexico and the United States.

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