Pleasure and Shame: Books on (not) Reading (An Overview of the Field)

By Ana C. Vogrincic.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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The paper looks at a growing field of books about reading, some of which openly discuss the practice of not reading, but yet talking about books. After defining the genre, the article detects its various types and reflects on the changing discourse on the subject, relating it to the epistemological transformations of contemporary book culture.

Keywords: Books about Reading (and not Reading), Reading Autobiographies, How-to Books on Reading, (Changing) Discourse on Books

International Journal of the Book, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.57-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.210MB).

Dr. Ana C. Vogrincic

Sociology of Culture, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dr. Ana C. Vogrincic is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her main research interests revolve around social and cultural history of the book and reading, media practices (old and new), and the cultural materialism of everyday life. She is the author of The Social Life of a Novel: The Establishment of Reading in Eighteenth-Century England [published in Slovenian] (Studia Humanitatis, Ljubljana, 2008).


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