Reading: A Cultural Practice (Studies in Imperialism) (Hardcover)

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Why do we read, and have we always read in the same way? Reading: A cultural practice uses a rich variety of literary and visual sources to explore how reading has changed, and continues to change, in response to new technologies and shifting social pressures. Drawing on medieval illustrations, classic fiction, the art and literature of the Bloomsbury Group, and contemporary e-culture, the book shows that there is no single, unchanging thing called 'reading'--instead, it is something that mutates over time. Throughout history, ways of reading, and theories of reading, have been shaped by religious and educational institutions. This continues to be true, but current approaches to reading are also conditioned by debates over digital culture and social media use. Reading: A cultural practice re-frames these contemporary preoccupations by offering a long view on how our notions of books and reading alter according to social and historical context.

About the Author

Vincent Quinn is a Research Fellow in English at the University of Sussex

Product Details
ISBN: 9781526136947
ISBN-10: 1526136945
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: August 18th, 2020
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Studies in Imperialism
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