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Theories of reading books, bodies and bibliomania

Author: Karin Littau
Publisher: Cambridge : Polity, 2007.
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* A compelling history of theories of reading, a common component of literary theory and history of the book courses at undergraduate level. * This is the first major work to bring insights from  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karin Littau
ISBN: 0745616585 0745616593 9780745616599 9780745616582
OCLC Number: 1025370797
Description: XI, 194 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: List of Illustrations. Acknowledgements. Introduction: Anatomy of Reading. (Books; Bibliomania; Bodies). 1. A History of Reading. (From Reading Aloud to Reading Silently; From Monastic to Scholastic Reading; Reading in Solitude; From Intensive to Extensive Reading). 2. The Material Conditions of Reading. (Expressive Function of Print; Instability of the Textual Object; Histories of Textual Transmission; From Manuscript to Typographic Culture; from Print to Hypermedia Culture). 3. The Physiology of Consumption. (Side-effects of Reading; Reading-Fever; Reading Addiction; Modernity and the Assault on the Senses; Eye-Strain and Eye-Hunger; Film-Fever; Dazzling the Audience; Dizzy in Hyperspace; (Dis)Embodied in Cyberspace; Passive Consumers). 4. The Reader in Fiction. (Dangers of Reading; The Tearful Reader; The Frightened Reader; The Passionate Reader; Pathology of Reading; Reading Games; The Danger of a Future without Books; Multisensory Media). 5. The Role of Affect in Literary Criticism. (Reading with/out Pathos; Docere-Delectare-Movere; From Reader to Author to Text; Disinterested and Contemplative Reading; Close Reading; Reading for Sense rather than Sensation). 6. The Reader in Theory. (Un/Readability; A Priori Conditions of Reading; Controlling Readers' Responses; Reading Expectations; Conventions of Reading; Interpretive Communities; Failure of Reading; Misreading; The Reader as Writer; The Politics of Difference). 7. Sexual Politics of Reading. (The Resisting Reader; Black Women Readers; Empirical Audiences; Active Consumers; "Low-/Middle-/Highbrow" Reading; Embodied Reading; Reading as/like a Woman; The Feminisation of the Reader). Conclusion: Materialist Readings. Notes. References and Bibliography. Index
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"Littau has not only researched the archives of reader-response criticism exhaustively but thought long and hard about what each author represents in terms of the values associated with reading. Read more...

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