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The History of Reading, Volume 3
Methods, Strategies, Tactics
 
 
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26 Aug 2011
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How do we know who reads what? How do we accurately record the everyday practices of readers, both in the past and today? This volume brings together a representative sample of some of the best new research in the History of Reading currently being undertaken today. Unlike other works on the subject, this volume encourages readers to consider the diverse methodologies used by historians of reading across the world, and indicates how future research might take up the challenge of recording and interpreting the practices of readers in an increasingly digitized world. With chapters examining a range of sources from Filipino blogs to Internet browsers, and from interviews with members of reading groups to a study of the photographic representation of books and reading, The History of Reading, Vol.3: Methods, Strategies, Tactics provides a wide-ranging and thought provoking examination of this burgeoning field. A wide-ranging critical introduction encourages readers to consider how the history of reading might develop in the digital twenty-first century.


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How do we know who reads what? How do we accurately record the everyday practices of readers, both in the past and today? This volume brings together a representative sample of some of the best new research in the History of Reading currently being undertaken today. Unlike other works on the subject, this volume encourages readers to consider the diverse methodologies used by historians of reading across the world, and indicates how future research might take up the challenge of recording and interpreting the practices of readers in an increasingly digitized world. With chapters examining a range of sources from Filipino blogs to Internet browsers, and from interviews with members of reading groups to a study of the photographic representation of books and reading, The History of Reading, Vol.3: Methods, Strategies, Tactics provides a wide-ranging and thought provoking examination of this burgeoning field. A wide-ranging critical introduction encourages readers to consider how the history of reading might develop in the digital twenty-first century.


Reviews

'A varied collection that contributes many interesting case studies to the rapidly growing field that is the history of reading.' - Leah Price, Professor of English, Harvard University, USA

'Steeped in the available documentary record, unremitting in its commitment to the book in hand rather than in theory, this anthology convenes a lively symposium on reader history that any historian of reading will be eager to attend. Questions of response are freshly anchored in instance rather than principle. Including fan mail at the return end of the writer-reader circuit, book clubs at the other, and traversing in between every credible register of targeted reception and uptake—from marketing copy to library marginalia, from reported oral recitation to reading's pictorial rendering in private or social space—the separate findings of this strenuously materialist approach, an approach able still to incorporate at times the energies of interpretation, are fresh, engaging, and, for all their spirited variety, impressively coherent in their methodological scope.' - Garrett Stewart, James O. Freedman Professor of Letters, University of Iowa, USA, author of Reading Voices, Dear Reader, The Look of Reading, and Bookwork


Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Foreword; S.Eliot
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; R.Crone & S.Towheed
PART I: PERSPECTIVES 
Altick's Map: The New Historiography of the Common Reader; J.Rose
Commodity Readers: An Introduction to a Frame for Reading; S.R.Frost
PART II: METHODS AND TACTICS
Between the Book and the Reader: The Uses of Reading for the Gratification of Personal Psychosocial Needs; H.Adoni & H.Nossek
One Reader, Two Votes: Re-tooling Fan Mail Scholarship; B.Ryan
The Mediation of Response: A Critical Approach to Individual and Group Reading Practices; D.Allington & J.Swann
PART III: INTERPRETATIVE STRATEGIES
Representing Reading Spaces; S.Colclough
A Book of One's Own: Examples of Library Book Marginalia; M.Dahlström
PART IV: READING THE VISUAL
Reading Ephemera; S.Qureishi
Books in Photographs; K.Flint
PART V: READING IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Filipino Blogs as Evidence of Reading and Reception; V.Totanes

Reading the Book of Mozilla: Web Browsers and the Materiality of Digital Texts; A.Galey
Further Reading and Weblinks
Index


Authors

ROSALIND CRONE is a Lecturer in History at the Open University, UK, and Co-Investigator on The Reading Experience Database, 1450-1945 (RED) project. She has published widely on popular culture, crime and literacy in the nineteenth century and is author of the forthcoming Violent Victorians: Popular Entertainment in Nineteenth-Century London (Manchester University Press).

SHAFQUAT TOWHEED is Lecturer in English at the Open University, UK, and Co-Investigator on The Reading Experience Database, 1450–1945 (RED) project. He is co-editor of The History of Reading: A Reader (Routledge, 2010) and The History of Reading, Vol.1: International Perspectives, c.1550–1990 (Palgrave, 2011), and editor of Arthur Conan Doyle's The Sign of Four (Broadview, 2010).