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‘Observation, Discipline, and Company’: The Overlooked Reader

William May

in Stevie Smith and Authorship

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583379
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723193 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583379.003.0006

Series: Oxford English Monographs

‘Observation, Discipline, and Company’: The Overlooked Reader

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This chapter explores Smith's construction of a reading figure in her three novels. It examines how the addresses to the reader develop through Novel on Yellow Paper (1936) and Over the Frontier (1938), considers the importance of letter-writing and autobiographical texts in her fiction, and traces the impact of her literary success on her representations of the reading process. It notes the significance of overlooked reading acts in her novels with reference to the Panopticon prison, and discusses the importance of surveillance, punishment, and spectatorship in her oeuvre.

Keywords: implied readers; reader-response theory; autobiographical fiction; Panoptican; surveillance; letter-writing; epistolary fiction

Chapter.  11601 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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