Reading Communities From Salons To Cyberspace

Hardcover | September 15, 2011

EditorDeNel Rehberg Sedo

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Reading is both a social process and a social formation, as this book illustrates across centuries and cultural contexts. Highlighting links evident in reading communities from literary salons to online environments, each essay reflects the rich repertoire of research methods available to reading scholars.

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Reading is both a social process and a social formation, as this book illustrates across centuries and cultural contexts. Highlighting links evident in reading communities from literary salons to online environments, each essay reflects the rich repertoire of research methods available to reading scholars.

DENEL REHBERG SEDO is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada. Her scholarly interests are rooted in the historical and contemporary social contexts of reading.When not writing, studying orteaching, she can be found reading with the children of Biblioteca San Agustinillo, Oax...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 8.86 × 5.69 × 0.81 inPublished:September 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230299881

ISBN - 13:9780230299887

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
An Introduction to Reading Communities: Processes and Formations; D.Rehberg Sedo
Reading in an Epistolary Community in Eighteenth-Century England; B.Schellenberg 
Nineteenth Century Reading Groups in Britain and the Community of the Text: an Experiment with Little Dorrit; J.Hartley 
Reading Across the Empire: the National Home Reading Union Abroad; R.Snape
Utopian Civic-Mindedness: Robert Maynard Hutchins, Mortimer Adler, and the Great Books Enterprise; D.Born
'I Used to Read Anything that Caught My Eye, But…': Cultural Authority and Intermediaries in a Virtual Young Adult Book Club; D.Rehberg Sedo
The Growth of Reading Groups as a Feminine Leisure Pursuit: Cultural Democracy or Dumbing Down?; A.Kiernan 
Speaking Subjects: Developing Identities in Book Groups; L.Howie 
Leading Questions: Interpretive Guidelines in Contemporary Popular Reading Culture; A.S.Ivy
Marionettes and Puppeteers?: The Relationship between Book Club Readers and Publishers; D.Fuller, C.Squires& D.Rehberg Sedo
Bibliography
Index

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"This book makes an original and thought provoking contribution to scholarship in the history of reading, and highlights the ongoing research on reading groups taking place from a range of academic fields across the world. The editor's judicious selection of chapters demonstrates the disparate practices of readers in a range of social contexts, and powerfully reminds us that reading is as much a shared as an individual practice." -- Shafquat Towheed, Lecturer in English, the Open University, UK