How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain by Leah Price

By Leah Price

How to Do issues with Books in Victorian Britain asks how our tradition got here to frown on utilizing books for any function except examining. while did the coffee-table publication develop into an item of scorn? Why did legislation courts forbid witnesses to kiss the Bible? What made Victorian cartoonists mock commuters who concealed at the back of the newspaper, women who matched their books' binding to their gown, and servants who lowered newspapers to fish 'n' chips wrap?

laying off new gentle on novels through Thackeray, Dickens, the Brontës, Trollope, and Collins, in addition to the city sociology of Henry Mayhew, Leah fee additionally uncovers the lives and afterlives of nameless spiritual tracts and family manuals. From knickknacks to wastepaper, books mattered to the Victorians in ways in which can't be defined by means of their published content material by myself. And even if displayed, defaced, exchanged, or discarded, published subject participated, and nonetheless participates, in quite a number transactions that stretches a ways past reading.

Supplementing shut readings with a delicate reconstruction of ways Victorians idea and felt approximately books, expense bargains a brand new version for integrating literary idea with cultural historical past. How to Do issues with Books in Victorian Britain reshapes our realizing of the interaction among phrases and items within the 19th century and beyond.

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He may be gifted in a special degree with workmanlike aptitudes, may by nature be stout or dextrous or keen-sighted or quick-witted or sagacious or industrious beyond his fellows; but with all these gifts, so long as he has assimilated none of this common stock of workmanlike knowledge he remains simply an admirable parcel of human raw material; he is of no effect in industry. With such special gifts or with special training based on this common stock an individual may stand out among his fellows as a workman of exceptional merit and value, and without the common run of workmanlike aptitudes he may come to nothing worth while as a workman even with the largest opportunities and most sedulous training.

If credence is given to the view that intelligence is, in its elements, of the nature of an inhibitive selection, it seems necessary to assume some such chain of idle and irrelevant response to account for the further course of the elements eliminated in giving the motor response the character of a reasoned line of conduct. So that associated with the pragmatic attention there is found more or less of an irrelevant attention, or idle curiosity. This is more particularly the case where a higher range of intelligence is present.

But this early-modern law of cause and effect — the law of efficient causes — is of an anthropomorphic kind. “Like causes produce like effects,” in much the same sense as the skilled workman’s product is like the workman; “nothing is found in the effect that was not contained in the cause,” in much the same manner. These dicta are, of course, older than modern science, but it is only in the early days of modern science that they come to rule the field with an unquestioned sway and to push the higher grounds of dialectical validity to one side.

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