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One of the main common—and wounding—misconceptions approximately literary students this day is they easily don’t love books. whereas these truly operating in literary stories can simply refute this declare, this type of reaction hazards obscuring a extra primary query: why may still they?

that query led Deidre Shauna Lynch into the historic and cultural research of Loving Literature. How did it become 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 essential function within the formation of personal life—that the affection of literature, in different phrases, is deeply embedded within the background 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 conduct, and household history.

whereas by no means denying the very genuine emotions that hot our dating to books, Loving Literature nonetheless serves as a riposte to those that use the word “the love of literature” as though its which means have been obvious. Lynch writes, “It is as though these at the facet 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 enjoy these complexities.

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