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From Codex to Hypertext
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The start of the twenty-first century has brought with it a rich variety of ways in which readers can connect with one another, access texts, and make sense of what they are reading. At the same time, new technologies have also opened up exciting possibilities for scholars of reading and reception in offering them unprecedented amounts of data on reading practices, book buying patterns, and book collecting habits. In From Codex to Hypertext, scholars from multiple disciplines engage with both of these strands. This volume includes essays that consider how changes such as the mounting ubiquity of digital technology and the globalization of structures of publication and book distribution are shaping the way readers participate in the encoding and decoding of textual meaning. Contributors also examine how and why reading communities cohere in a range of contexts, including prisons, book clubs, networks of zinesters, state-funded programs designed to promote active citizenship, and online spaces devoted to sharing one’s tastes in books. As concerns circulate in the media about the ways that reading—for so long anchored in print culture and the codex—is at risk of being irrevocably altered by technological shifts, this book insists on the importance of tracing the historical continuities that emerge between these reading practices and those of previous eras. In addition to the volume editor, contributors include Daniel Allington, Bethan Benwell, Jin Feng, Ed Finn, Danielle Fuller, David S. Miall, Julian Pinder, Janice Radway, Julie Rak, DeNel Rehberg Sedo, Megan Sweeney, Joan Bessman Taylor, Molly Abel Travis, and David Wright.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction: Transforming Reading
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. Part I. Communities and Practices
  2. pp. 25-26
  1. 1. Zines Then and Now: What are They? What Do You Do with Them? How Do They Work?
  2. pp. 27-47
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  1. 2. Have Mouse, Will Travel: Consuming and Creating Chinese Popular Literature on the Web
  2. pp. 48-67
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  1. 3. Online Literary Communities: A Case Study of Library Thing&#
  2. pp. 68-87
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  1. 4. Building a National Culture of Reading in the “New” South Africa
  2. pp. 88-107
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  1. 5. Literary Taste and List Culture in a Time of “Endless Choice”
  2. pp. 108-123
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  1. 6. “Keepin’ it Real”: Incarcerated Women’s Readings of African American Urban Fiction
  2. pp. 124-141
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  1. 7. Producing Meaning Through Interaction: Book Groups and the Social Context of Reading
  2. pp. 142-158
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  1. 8. Genre in the Marketplace: The Scene of Bookselling in Canada
  2. pp. 159-174
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  1. Part II: Methods
  2. pp. 175-176
  1. 9. New Literary Cultures: Mapping the Digital Networks of Toni Morrison
  2. pp. 177-202
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  1. 10. Confounding the Literary: Temporal Problems in Hypertext
  2. pp. 203-216
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  1. 11. Reading the Reading Experience: An Ethnomethodological Approach to “Booktalk”
  2. pp. 217-233
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  1. 12. Mixing it up: Using Mixed Methods Research to Investigate Contemporary Cultures of Reading
  2. pp. 234-252
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 253-254
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 255-262
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 263-263
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