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5102 -- RIESZ, JANOS & HANS-WALTER SCHMIDT-HANNISA (Eds.)

Lesekulturen/Reading cultures

Frankfurt/M.: Lang Verlag 2003
164 pp., Euro 34,-; ISBN 3-631-50314-8


To exemplify the cultural specific nature of reading (texts) the editors have collected 12 papers which show characteristics of European (French, German, Italian), Japanese, and African ´cultures of reading´. The authors aim to understand specific reading cultures by including the respective ´ethnography´. On the other hand reading cultures also points to intracultural differences of reading: reading sub-cultures which may be qualified by sociological, institutional, geographical, medial, aesthetic, or ideological criteria. The time range is from the 16th century to the present.

Keywords: reading cultures, cultures of reading, literacy and culture, ethnography of reading

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