From Codex to Hypertext
Reading at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
Title Page, Copyright
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In assembling this volume I feel fortunate to have been the beneficiary of a great deal of support and advice from many scholars from the constellation of fields surrounding literary studies, book history, and reception study. Chief among these are Danielle Fuller and DeNel Rehberg Sedo, who directed...
Introduction: Transforming Reading
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To investigate reading practices in the decades on either side of the turn of the twenty-first century is to expose a rapidly evolving field whose inner dynamics are still in the process of being mapped and understood. Interpretive practices...
Part I. Communities and Practices
1. Zines Then and Now: What are They? What Do You Do with Them? How Do They Work?
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Zines are peculiar.1 There’s no way around that fact. They are well known enough to have been the subject of a number of compilations, anthologies, books, and films devoted to their analysis, most issued since...
2. Have Mouse, Will Travel: Consuming and Creating Chinese Popular Literature on the Web
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The democratizing power of the World Wide Web in China, a favorite topic of both Chinese and Western scholars,1 seems to have been borne out by official statistics. According to the state-run China Internet Network Information...
3. Online Literary Communities: A Case Study of Library Thing
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At first glance, the website LibraryThing (www.librarything. com) offers a means for readers to catalogue their book collections online. When a user enters a title, author, or ISBN into LibraryThing, the site retrieves the book’s bibliographic...
4. Building a National Culture of Reading in the “New” South Africa
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Speaking to South African publishers and booksellers in 2002, Minister of Education Kader Asmal detailed the Department of Education’s “vision of a reading nation” and concluded that to achieve this vision, “we must create a culture...
5. Literary Taste and List Culture in a Time of “Endless Choice”
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The ways in which we come to know, like, and choose books at the start of the twenty-first century suggest that a reconsideration of some established theoretical narratives about literary taste is merited. This chapter introduces...
6. “Keepin’ it Real”: Incarcerated Women’s Readings of African American Urban Fiction
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Urban fiction—also known as gangsta lit, street lit, ghetto fiction, and hip-hop fiction—has taken the U.S. publishing world by storm. Bearing titles...
7. Producing Meaning Through Interaction: Book Groups and the Social Context of Reading
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As the book historian Robert Darnton has observed: “The inner experience of ordinary readers may always elude us. But we should at least be able to reconstruct a good deal of the social context...
8. Genre in the Marketplace: The Scene of Bookselling in Canada
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In a collection about reading, it might seem odd to discuss something that at first glance is not about reading at all: the culture of bookstores and the kinds of information they codify and embody. But before a book can be read, it must be acquired...
Part II: Methods
9. New Literary Cultures: Mapping the Digital Networks of Toni Morrison
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As the publishing industry scrambles to adapt to the shifting realities of electronic texts and the decline of traditional models of authorship and criticism, reading practices are expanding to include new kinds of social exchange...
10. Confounding the Literary: Temporal Problems in Hypertext
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Anumber of authors and critics have claimed that hypertext supersedes conventional printed literature. Moreover, theorists of hypertext have typically deprecated literary reading in print form in the belief that hypertext...
11. Reading the Reading Experience: An Ethnomethodological Approach to “Booktalk”
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Interviews and focus groups have long been employed to research the ways in which literary and televisual texts are understood by their contemporary consumers,1 and the historical study of reading and of reception has often taken the same approach to written descriptions of reading...
12. Mixing it up: Using Mixed Methods Research to Investigate Contemporary Cultures of Reading
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Understanding complex cultural phenomena such as the widely adopted “One Book, One Community” (OBOC) model demands a methodology that can generate a series of standpoints on the social, ideological, material...
About the Contributors
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Page Count: 288
Illustrations: 18 illus.
Publication Year: 2012