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The History of Reading

Crone, Rosalind; Halsey, Katie and Towheed, Shafquat eds. (2010). The History of Reading. Routledge Literature Readers. London: Routledge.

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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.

Item Type: Edited Book
Copyright Holders: 2010 Not known
ISBN: 0-415-48421-9, 978-0-415-48421-3
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > History
Arts > English
Item ID: 17524
Depositing User: Rosalind Crone
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2010 15:42
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 12:09
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