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Exploring the perception of literary characters as "people" with whom readers might spend time and empathize, scholar Deidre Shauna Lynch shows how readers came to use transactions with book characters to help readers understand and distinguish themselves from others in the beginnings of consumer society. 8 photos.
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At the start of the eighteenth century, talk of literary "characters" referred as much to letters and typefaces as it did to persons in books. Yet by the nineteenth century, characters had become the equals of their readers, friends with whom readers might spend time and empathize.Although the story of this shift is usually told in ter...