Archive | October, 2014

Reading As A Social Activity

┬áimage by pedrosimoes7   These days, we see reading as an isolated activity. You take a book, retire to your reading nook, and don’t come out for hours. That’s how we see reading. But that’s not entirely true, and it wasn’t always the case. In 18th century particularly, reading was a social activity, and an […]

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The Man of Feeling – A Novel of Sensibilities

    The Man of Feeling, a sentimental novel by Henry Mackenzie was published in 1771 at the pinnacle of sentimental literature. The importance of sensibilities in a polite society was catching momentum and Mackenzie’s hero Harley was the quintessential sentimental hero. It is difficult to look at Harley through 21st century mindset and admire […]

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