The History of Reading

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



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.

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