The History of Reading (Routledge Literature Readers)
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The History of Reading offers an engaging, accessible overview from the rise of literacy through to the current trend of âbook clubsâ.
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.