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From Codex to Hypertext Reading at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century

ISBN-10: 1558499539
ISBN-13: 9781558499539
Edition: 2012
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date: 8/21/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

The start of the twenty-first century has brought with it a rich variety of ways in which readers can connect with one another, access texts, and make sense of what they are reading. At the same time, new technologies have also opened up exciting possibilities for scholars of reading and reception in offering them unprecedented amounts of data on reading practices, book buying patterns, and book collecting habits.In From Codex to Hypertext, scholars from multiple disciplines engage with both of these strands. This volume includes essays that consider how changes such as the mounting ubiquity of digital technology and the globalization of structures of publication and book distribution are shaping the way readers participate in the encoding and decoding of textual meaning. Contributors also examine how and why reading communities cohere in a range of contexts, including prisons, book clubs, networks of zinesters, state-funded programs designed to promote active citizenship, and online spaces devoted to sharing one's tastes in books.As concerns circulate in the media about the ways that reading -- for so long anchored in print culture and the codex -- is at risk of being irrevocably altered by technological shifts, this book insists on the importance of tracing the historical continuities that emerge between these reading practices and those of previous eras.In addition to the volume editor, contributors include Daniel Allington, Bethan Benwell, Jin Feng, Ed Finn, Danielle Fuller, David S. Miall, Julian Pinder, Janice Radway, Julie Rak, DeNel Rehberg Sedo, Megan Sweeney, Joan Bessman Taylor, Molly Abel Travis, and David Wright.

Daniel Allington is a lecturer in the Open University�s Centre for Language and Communication, which is part of the Faculty of Education and Language Studies.Barbara Mayor is a lecturer in the Centre for Language and Communication, and is an experienced contributor to Open University teaching in English language, applied linguistics and multi-ethnic education.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Transforming Reading
Communities and Practices
Zines then and Now: What Are They? What Do You Do With Them? How Do They Work?
Have Mouse, Will Travel: Consuming and Creating Chinese Popular Literature on the Web
Online Literary Communities: A Case Study of LibraryThing
Building a National Culture of Reading in the "New" South Africa
Literary Taste and List Culture in a Time of "Endless Choice"
"Keepin' It Real": Incarcerated Women's Readings of African American Urban Fiction
Producing Meaning Through Interaction: Book Groups and the Social Context of Reading
Genre in the Marketplace: The Scene of Bookselling in Canada
Methods
New Literary Cultures: Mapping the Digital Networks of Toni Morrison
Confounding the Literary: Temporal Problems in Hypertext
Reading the Reading Experience: An Ethnomethodological Approach to "Booktalk"
Mixing it Up: Using Mixed Methods Research to Investigate Contemporary Cultures of Reading
About the Contributors
Index

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