ARTICLE: “Crying While Reading Through the Centuries”

Vincent van Gogh, "A Woman Reading"

Pelagia Horgan’s article for The New Yorker traces the relationship between reading and affect, from the eighteenth century “sentimental novel” to contemporary tearjerkers.  Contemporary questions of whether young adult novels are valuable, Horgan argues, hark back to a larger debate about “why books matter to us, and what reading is ‘for,’ ” and even “who we want to be.”

Read Hogan’s article in full here.

Image: “A Woman Reading” by Vincent van Gogh.

 

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