International perspectives, c.1500-1990

edited by Shafquat Towheed and W.R. Owens ; foreword by Simon Eliot

How do we accurately recover the diverse engagement of readers with texts across time and in widely differing societies across the world? This volume brings together a representative sample of original, evidence based research in the History of Reading. Chapters cover individual readers, reading communities or groups and their engagement with texts in societies ranging from nineteenth-century Poland and Germany, apartheid era South Africa, Antebellum America, colonial Canada, India and New Zealand, and early modern England. Deliberately juxtaposing research on different countries, linguistic communities and historical periods, The History of Reading, Vol. 1: International Perspectives, c.1500-1990 demonstrates the challenges and rewards of undertaking empirical research on reading practices and asks whether readers' responses to texts are always entirely conditioned by their historical, socio-economic, or political circumstances. A wide-ranging critical introduction provides a succinct overview of evidence based approaches to the history of reading, and reminds us that the task of recovering the evidence of readers through history and across the world is still in its infancy.

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  • List of Figures List of Tables Foreword
  • S.Eliot Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors Introduction
  • S.Towheed & W. R.Owens PART I: READERS IN THE MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN WORLD Speaking of Reading and Reading the Evidence: Allusions to Literacy in the Oral Tradition of the Middle English Verse Romances
  • J.Ford Modes of Bible Reading in Early Modern England
  • W.R.Owens PART II: READERS IN THE ENLIGHTENMENT AND ROMANTIC WORLD Weeping for Werther: Suicide, Sympathy and the Reading Revolution in Early America
  • R.Bell Reconstructing Reading Vogues in the Old South: Borrowings from the Charleston Library Society, 1811-1817
  • I.Lehuu PART III: READERS IN THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY Devouring Uncle Tom's Cabin: Antebellum 'Common' Readers
  • B.Hochman Reading in Polish and National Identity in Nineteenth-century Silesia
  • I.Dobosiewicz & L.Piasecka Reading Science: Evidence from the Career of Edwin Gilpin, Mining Engineer
  • L.J.Duggan & B.H.MacDonald Reading in an Age of Censorship: The Case of Catholic Germany, 1800-1914
  • J.T. Zalar PART IV: READERS IN THE TWENTIETH-CENTURY Understanding Children as Readers: Librarians' Anecdotes and Surveys in the United States from 1890 to 1930
  • K.McDowell Letters to a Daughter: An Archive of Middle-Class Reading in New Zealand, c.1872-1932'
  • S.Liebich Books Behind Bars: Mahatma Gandhi's Community of Captive Readers
  • I.Desai Remembering Reading: Memory, Books, and Reading in South Africa's Apartheid Prisons, 1956-60
  • A.L.Dick Further Reading and Weblinks Index

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書名 International perspectives, c.1500-1990
著作者等 Eliot, Simon
Owens, W. R.
Towheed Shafquat
シリーズ名 The history of reading
出版元 Palgrave Macmillan
刊行年月 2011
ページ数 xix, 222 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 9780230247512
NCID BB0723493X
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス