Literature and Agency in English Fiction Reading: A Study of the Henry Williamson Society
Literature and Agency in English Fiction Reading opens up an exciting new area for research at the intersection of literature and anthropology. The first ethnographic study of fiction reading by an anthropologist, it explores a unique literary society celebrating largely forgotten twentieth-century writer Henry Williamson (18951977).
Adam Reed explores topics including the extent to which readers' beliefs and practices affect their attitudes toward the material culture of reading and the ways in which books are imbued with greater significance than other objects found in readers' homes. Reed highlights the connections between the pleasures of the individual experience of reading and the development of a sense of responsibility to a reading community. Expanding the disciplinary boundaries of book history and reception studies, Literature and Agency in English Fiction Reading introduces an innovative new methodology for studying reading communities.
- Series: Studies in Book and Print Culture
- Page Count: 272 pages
- Dimensions: 6.5in x 0.9in x 9.5in
Reviews‘Literature and Agency is written in a language that even a non-specialist can understand. Reed’s study shows the value of pushing the boundaries of book history towards fields such as anthropology and ethnography.’
SHARPE News vol 21:02:2012
Author InformationAdam Reed is a senior lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St. Andrews.
Table of contents
Introduction: Part One: Books
Part Two: Land
Part Three: Pasts
Subjects and Courses