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Reading Ideas in Victorian Literature: Literary Content as Artistic Experience

Patrick Fessenbecker


This book makes a new case for “reading for content,” fleshing out its theoretical claims via readings of Victorian fiction. Questioning the academic assumption that an emphasis on content is aesthetically unsophisticated or theoretically naïve, it argues that the new formalism, like the old, fails to recognize the limits of its own account of the experience of reading and the justifications for literary study. As the philosophical ideas in Victorian narratives demonstrate, writers of literature often use literary form as a means to convey content, and enjoying such books involves precisely en ... More

Keywords: Form and Content, Philosophy and Literature, Moral Philosophy, Victorian Literature, Interpretive method

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474460606
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474460606.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Fessenbecker, author
Bilkent University