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McKelvy, William R.

The English Cult of Literature

Devoted Readers, 1774–1880 William R. McKelvy

What constitutes reading? This is the question William McKelvy asks in The English Cult of Literature. Is it a theory of interpretation or a physical activity, a process determined by hermeneutic destiny or by paper, ink, hands, and eyes? McKelvy seeks to transform the nineteenth-century field of "... More