Reading Beyond the Book

Reading Beyond the Book

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Literary culture has become a form of popular culture over the last fifteen years thanks to the success of televised book clubs, film adaptations, big-box book stores, online bookselling, and face-to-face and online book groups. This volume offers the first critical analysis of mass reading events and the contemporary meanings of reading in the UK, USA, and Canada based on original interviews and surveys with readers and event organizers. The resurgence of book groups has inspired new cultural formations of what the authors call qshared reading.q They interrogate the enduring attraction of an old technology for readers, community organizers, and government agencies, exploring the social practices inspired by the sharing of books in public spaces and revealing the complex ideological investments made by readers, cultural workers, institutions, and the mass media in the meanings of reading.have acquired a vocabulary for describing and a€œachieving affective statesa€ ( Radway 1997, 13) through the books that they read and talk ... that are part of an economy of production, even if we only ever receive them as gifts or borrow them from libraries. ... In the twenty-first century, readers living in the UK and North America have more books to choose from than ever before. ... Readers can buy or borrow books faster and more conveniently than in the previous century, thanks to digitalanbsp;...

Title:Reading Beyond the Book
Author:Danielle Fuller, DeNel Rehberg Sedo
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-03-22


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