English professor's new book looks at Victorian reforms that sparked writing

A new book by Laura Rotunno, associate professor of English at Penn State Altoona, is now available for purchase.

"Postal Plots in British Fiction" explores how Victorian postal reforms encouraged lower and middle classes to read and write, allowed them some social and political agency, and led many to literature. It also looks at Victorian literary professionals' conflict between their support for liberal ideals in the literary marketplace and their fear that they would be unable to bring those changes to pass.

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Last Updated January 09, 2015