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4.7 out of 5 stars

on 13 March 2016
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on 23 May 2012
I'm studying AA316 with the Open University and received this book as part of the course material along with The Nineteenth-Century Novel: Realisms. This book relates to the second part of the module whereas the Realisms book covers the first half.

This book looks at Madame Bovary, The Woman in White, The Portrait of a Lady, Dracula, The Awakening and Heart of Darkness. It also has a chapter on Henry James's 'The art of fiction', an essay he wrote in 1884 and you can read a full copy of this online. There are two chapters continuing Realisms's chapters on 'Books and their readers'.

As you might expect, the majority of the book covers the novels listed above. They are looked at in terms of technique, themes, it historically places them, and explores the influences upon the authors. It refers to critics in The Nineteenth-Century Novel: A Critical Reader (I have a review on there that shows who the critics are) and to, typically, the Oxford Classics version of the texts. If you are taking the OU course do not sway from the booklist on the website for Madame Bovary as its a specific translation that is studied and you are expected to write about.

'Books and their readers' covers the points of selling publications to target audiences, libraries in C19, various printing techniques (quite detailed across the two chapters), illustrations, C19 technology and overseas distribution and publishing networks.

It's a pretty decent book for a university book. The A210 Approaching Literature books were pretty difficult to follow and complex, but considering this is the next level up (level 3, top undergraduate) it's surprising that it's a clearer book. It's well written and it explains itself. It uses the novels to back up the opinions it makes and uses noted other evidence. If you are interested in these particular novels as a non-OU person, then I think you will find it interesting. However you would need the supporting Critical Reader book too, as well as, obviously, the novels.

For AA316ers, please note that Dracula and Heart of Darkness comes with the course books from the OU so no need to buy them.
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on 22 August 2010
This is a very good book for anyone interested in getting more out of reading the great nineteenth century classics. However if you are planning to do the OU course A316, be aware that it is the course text provided for that course along with the partner book on 'Realies' so don't buy. You only need to buy the 'Critical Reader' in the series.
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