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The Novel-Reading Panic in 18th-Century in England: An Outline of an Early Moral Media Panic

Ana Vogorinčić   ORCID icon orcid.org/0000-0003-2352-4934 ; University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Depart¬ment of Sociology, Slovenia

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APA 6th Edition
Vogorinčić, A. (2008). The Novel-Reading Panic in 18th-Century in England: An Outline of an Early Moral Media Panic. Medijska istraživanja, 14 (2), 103-124. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/31327
MLA 8th Edition
Vogorinčić, Ana. "The Novel-Reading Panic in 18th-Century in England: An Outline of an Early Moral Media Panic." Medijska istraživanja, vol. 14, no. 2, 2008, pp. 103-124. https://hrcak.srce.hr/31327. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Vogorinčić, Ana. "The Novel-Reading Panic in 18th-Century in England: An Outline of an Early Moral Media Panic." Medijska istraživanja 14, no. 2 (2008): 103-124. https://hrcak.srce.hr/31327
Harvard
Vogorinčić, A. (2008). 'The Novel-Reading Panic in 18th-Century in England: An Outline of an Early Moral Media Panic', Medijska istraživanja, 14(2), pp. 103-124. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/31327 (Accessed 07 December 2021)
Vancouver
Vogorinčić A. The Novel-Reading Panic in 18th-Century in England: An Outline of an Early Moral Media Panic. Medijska istraživanja [Internet]. 2008 [cited 2021 December 07];14(2):103-124. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/31327
IEEE
A. Vogorinčić, "The Novel-Reading Panic in 18th-Century in England: An Outline of an Early Moral Media Panic", Medijska istraživanja, vol.14, no. 2, pp. 103-124, 2008. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/31327. [Accessed: 07 December 2021]

Abstracts
The article explores the unfavourable reaction to the popularisation of novel-reading in 18th-century England in order to show that the outraged opposition to this leisure praxis could be understood in terms of the contemporary socio¬logical concept – ‘moral panic’ – thereby revealing novel-reading as an early version of popular media culture. After outlining the cultural context of 18th-century England as well as the main characteristics of its novels, the paper discerns the anxieties, arising from the passion for fiction, and lays out the ar¬gumentation supporting the fear of reading as was advocated by the moral heralds of the time. The analysis reveals that the oppositional reaction to novel-reading indeed encompassed all the key constitutive elements of the proper moral panic phenomenon. Maintaining a dialogue between 18th-cen¬tury and the present, the essay concludes by drawing analogies with contem¬porary reactions to television viewing, linking the worried response to the spread of novels with another related notion, the media panic, thus showing that what came to be seen as a feature of the modern (20th and 21st century) mass media culture has in fact a much longer history.

Keywords
moral panic; novels; female readers; 18th-century England; media panic

Hrčak ID: 31327

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/31327

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