Degree Year

2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

English

Advisor(s)

Laura Baudot

Committee Member(s)

William Patrick Day
Wendy Hyman

Keywords

Bunyan, Grace abounding, Rousseau, Confessions, Autobiography, Reading, Extensive, History of self, History of reading, Foucault, The order of things

Abstract

This study analyzes late-seventeenth and eighteenth-century autobiographies in order to address questions regarding the relationship between the history of reading and the "history of the self" in the West. More particularly, it examines the treatment of reading and textuality in John Bunyan's "Grace Abounding" and Jean-Jacques Rousseau's "Confessions" in order to suggest that the historical phenomenon Michel Foucault describes as the "emergence of Man" can be understood in terms of the rise of mass print culture and subsequent development of extensive reading practices during the eighteenth century.

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