The History of Reading offers an engaging, accessible overview from the rise of literacy through to the current trend of `book clubs'.
Divided into seven sections, each with a useful introduction, this Reader:summarises the main debates and perspectives shaping the field introduces key theorists such as Iser, Fish and Bakhtin surveys influential works and outlines important studies on mass reading focuses on specific communities such as Welsh miners, African American library users and Australian convicts looks at individual readers from a variety of countries, classes and historical periods considers current research in the history of reading.
Providing both a clear introduction to the history of the field and a taster of the breadth, diversity and vitality of current debates, this Reader is an essential resource for undergraduates, graduates, and researchers.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 998 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 mm
'an extremely intelligent guide to the history of reading...The editors accurately map the new terrain of reading history, setting a variety of global case studies within the theoretical approaches so far developed. Their lively prose and judicious selections will attract students and scholars alike to the field.'- Shef Rogers, Editor of 'Script and Print'
'This collection will appeal to students and scholars of history, literature, and cultural studies and is essential for specialists in the history of reading.' - Bill Bell, Director of the Centre for the History of the Book, The University of Edinburgh
'...perfectly designed for university teachers and their students.' - Library & Information History