Primary Reading:

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey. Eds. Barbara M. Benedict and Deirdre Le Faye. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Paperback.

Please read Northanger Abbey in preparation for the first session. All other texts (see below) will be made available through Fronter.

Secondary Readings:

Addison, Joseph. Spectator 37: Leonora’s Library. Online at: (1711)

Adler, Mortimer J. and Charles van Doren. “How to Read Imaginative Literature.” in: How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading. New York: Touchstone, 1997 (1940). Pp. 203-214.

Anonymous. “Terrorist Novel Writing.” In: Gothic Documents: A Sourcebook 1700-1820. Eds. E.J. Clery and Robert Miles. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000 (1798). Pp. 182-184.

Bayard, Pierre. “Books You Don’t Know” in: How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read. New York: Bloomsbury, 2007. Pp. 3-13.

Benedict, Barbara. “Reading by the Book in Northanger Abbey.” Persuasions On-line 20.1 (1999). Online at:

Bourdieu, Pierre. From “The Aristocracy of Culture” in: Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste. Boston: Harvard UP, 1984. pp.63-74.

De Certeau, Michel. “Reading as Poaching.” In: The Practice of Everyday Life. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994. Pp. 165-176.

Culler, Jonathan. “Literary Competence.” In Structuralist Poetics: Structuralism, Linguistics and the Study of Literature. London: Routledge, 1975. Pp. 113-130.

Dames, Nicholas. “Distraction’s Negative Liberty: Thackeray and Attention (Intermittent Form).” In: The Physiology of the Novel: Reading, Neural Science and the Form of the Victorian Fiction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. Pp. 73-104.

Darnton, Robert. “Readers Respond to Rousseau: The Fabrication of Romantic Sensitivity.” In: The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History. New York: Random House, 1985. Pp. 215-256 (excerpt).

Diderot, Denis. “Eulogy of Richardson” in Diderot ‘s Selected Writings. New York, Macmillan, 1966 (1761)

Dowling, David. “Escaping the Shallows: Deep Reading’s Revival in the Digital Age.” (2014) Online at:

Fielding, Sarah. Preface to The History of the Countess of Dellwyn. Online at ECCO. 1759.

Fish, Stanley. “Why No One’s Afraid of Wolfgang Iser.” Diacritics 11.1 (1981): 2-13.

Hart, F. Elizabeth. “1500-1620: Reading, Consciousness and Romance in the Sixteenth Century” in: The Emergence of Mind: Representations of Consciousness in Narrative Discourse in English. Ed. David Herman. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011. Pp. 103-132.

Hayles, N. Katherine. “How We Read: Close, Hyper, Machine.” In How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.pp. 55-79.

Hunter, J. Paul. “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Reader” Genre 10 (1977): 455-486.

Iser, Wolfgang. “Talk Like Whales: A Reply to Stanley Fish” Diacritics 11.3 (1981): 82-87.

Jack, Sarah and Kevin Ronan. "Bibliotherapy: Practice and Research" School Psychology International (2008) 29.2: 161-182.

Kuzmicova, Anezka. "Does it Matter Where You Read? Situating Narrative in Physical Environment." Communication Theory (2015).

Leavis, Queenie Dorothy. “The Novel” and “Reading Capacity” in Fiction and the Reading Public. 1938. Online at:

Littau, Karin. “The Reader in Fiction.” in Theories of Reading: Books, Bodies and Bibliomania. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2006. Pp. 62-82.

Lynch, Deirdre. “On Going Steady with Novels.” Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. 50.2-3 (2009): 207-219.

Plato, Excerpt from Phaedrus. 274d-276e. Available online at:

Radway, Janice A. “The Act of Reading the Romance: Escape and Instruction.” Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy and Popular Literature. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991. Pp. 86-118.

Riffaterre, Michael. “Describing Poetic Structures: Two Approaches to Baudelaire’s Les Chats” Yale French Studies 36/37 (1966): 200-242.

Warner, William. “Formulating Fiction for the General Reader.” In: Licensing Entertainment: The Elevation of Novel Reading in Britain, 1684-1750. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998. Pp. 88-97; 111-127.

Wittmann, Reinhard. “Was There a Reading Revolution at the End of the Eighteenth Century?” In: A History of Reading in the West. Eds. Gugliemo Cavallo and Roger Chartier. Oxford: Polity Press, 1999. Pp. 284-312.

Wolf, Maryanne. “The Unending Story of the Reader’s Development” in Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain. London: Icon Books, 2008. Pp. 134-162.

Woolf, Virginia. “The Common Reader” and “Jane Austen” in The Common Reader. 1925. First Series. Online at:

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