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Reading Communities from Salons to Cyberspace

  • Editors
  • DeNel Rehberg Sedo

About this book


Reading is both a social process and a social formation, as this book illustrates across centuries and cultural contexts. Highlighting links evident in reading communities from literary salons to online environments, each essay reflects the rich repertoire of research methods available to reading scholars.


Britain culture cyberspace democracy England environment essay Great Britain knowledge media methods Online reading culture research methods subject

About the authors

DANIEL BORN Lecturer, Northwestern University, USA DANIELLE FULLER Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham, UK JENNY HARTLEY Professor of English Literature, Roehampton University, London LINSEY HOWIE Associate Professor, La Trobe University, Australia ANNA IVY Senior Lecturer in English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA ANNA KIERNAN Head of the Department of Writing, University College Falmouth, UK BETTY A. SCHELLENBERG Professor and Chair of English, Simon Fraser University, Canada BOB SNAPE Centre for Worktown Studies, University of Bolton, UK CLAIRE SQUIRES Professor of Publishing Studies, University of Stirling, UK

Bibliographic information


'This book makes an original and thought provoking contribution to scholarship in the history of reading, and highlights the ongoing research on reading groups taking place from a range of academic fields across the world. The editor's judicious selection of chapters demonstrates the disparate practices of readers in a range of social contexts, and powerfully reminds us that reading is as much a shared as an individual practice.'

- Shafquat Towheed, Lecturer in English, the Open University, UK