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New technologies are changing our reading habits. Laptops, e-readers, tablets and other handheld devices supply new platforms for reading, and we must learn to manage them by scrolling, clicking or tapping. Reading Today places reading in current literary and cultural contexts in order to analyse how these contexts challenge our conceptions of who reads, what reading is, how we read, where we read, and for what purposes – and then responds to the questions this analysis raises. Is our reading experience becoming a ‘flat’ one? And does reading in a media environment favour quick reading? Alongside these questions, the contributors unpack emerging strategies of reading.They consider, for example, how paying attention to readers’ emotional reactions as an indispensable component of reading affects our conception of the reading process. Other chapters consider how reading can be explored through such topics as experimental literature, the contemporary encyclopedic novel and the healing power of books.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-title Page
  2. p. i
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  1. Series page
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  1. Title page
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  1. Copyright information
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of figures
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  1. List of contributors
  2. pp. viii-x
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  1. New perspectives on reading: an introduction
  2. Heta Pyrhönen
  3. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part I Reading challenges
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  1. 1 Reading experimental literature: unreadability, discomfort and reading strategies
  2. Natalya Bekhta
  3. pp. 15-30
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  1. 2 Information and the illusion of totality: reading the contemporary encyclopedic novel
  2. Vesa Kyllönen
  3. pp. 31-44
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  1. 3 The brain in our hands: the materiality of reading Neuromaani
  2. Laura Piippo
  3. pp. 45-56
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  1. 4 Explorative exposure: media in and of Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves
  2. Juha-Pekka Kilpiö
  3. pp. 57-70
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  1. Part II New strategies of reading
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  1. 5 New reading strategies in the twenty-first century: transmedia storytelling via app in Marisha Pessl’s Night Film
  2. Anna Weigel
  3. pp. 73-86
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  1. 6 New reading strategies in print and on digital platforms: Stephanie Strickland’s V
  2. Matti Kangaskoski
  3. pp. 87-102
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  1. Part III Reading affectively
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  1. 7 Rethinking reading through the novelistic discourses of Don Quixote and Madame Bovary
  2. Stefano Rossoni
  3. pp. 105-117
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  1. 8 ‘Emily equals childhood and youth and first love’: Finnish readers and L. M. Montgomery’s Anne and Emily books
  2. Vappu Kannas
  3. pp. 118-131
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  1. 9 ‘The miraculous secret of a good book’: representations of the reading experience in Dutch middlebrow criticism
  2. Ryanne Keltjens
  3. pp. 132-144
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  1. 10 The healing power of books: The Novel Cure as a culturally tailored literary experiment
  2. Serena Cacchioli
  3. pp. 145-156
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  1. Part IV Reading in context
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  1. 11 Context in film adaptations
  2. Marjo Vallittu
  3. pp. 159-172
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 173-176
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  1. Works cited and additional reading
  2. pp. 177-195
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 196-200
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781787351950
Related ISBN(s)
9781787351967
MARC Record
OCLC
1076637384
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-19
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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