Literature and Agency in English Fiction Reading: A Study of the Henry Williamson Society

By Adam Reed

© 2011

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 (1895–1977).

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.

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  • Series: Studies in Book and Print Culture
  • Page Count: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.5in x 0.9in x 9.5in
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  • PUBLISHED NOV 2011

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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.

Literature and Agency in English Fiction Reading: A Study of the Henry Williamson Society

By Adam Reed

© 2011

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 (1895–1977).

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • 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.’
    Lise Jaillant
    SHARPE News vol 21:02:2012
  • Author Information

    Adam Reed is a senior lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St. Andrews.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction: Part One: Books

    1. Possessions

    2. Collections

    Part Two: Land

    3. Journeys

    4. Returns

    Part Three: Pasts

    5. Remembrance

    6. Pattern

    Conclusion

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