Critical reading and ordinary reading - within and beyond the academy

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dc.contributor.author Persson, Magnus
dc.contributor.author Bergman, Lotta
dc.contributor.author Karlsson, Erik
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-07T11:58:58Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-07T11:58:58Z
dc.date.issued 2018 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/26967
dc.description.abstract Critical reading is in crisis, it is said. It has run out of steam (Latour 2004), become formulaic (Hayles 2012), and it “singularly fails to surprise” (Felski 2009). This diagnosis can and should be questioned. What is really at stake in the current struggle over the reading practices of literary studies? In our presentation we will highlight some results from the research project The Dialectic of Immersion. Academic and ordinary reading practices in the new media landscape. We want to problematize the common assumption that reading within literary studies is characterized by critical distance whereas everyday reading practices are naïve and immersive. Our hypothesis is that the relationship between critique and immersion is far more complex and multifaceted than this dichotomy suggests, and that critique neither is “owned” by the academy, nor that immersion is absent from it. One way to bring this complexity into the light is to focus on the performative dimensions of reading, which, in its turn, forces us to work not just theoretically but also empirically. Based on ethnographic methodology, our project explores the way reading literature actually is carried out within literary studies (during a group of students’ first year), and within a number of arenas outside academia, e.g. private reading groups, live book clubs, and literary festivals. Theoretically, we draw on actor-network-theory, reception studies, and the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu and Ann Swidler. Central research questions are: Which different concrete reading practices can be discerned within literary studies on the one hand and in a number of arenas for reading outside academia on the other? Which are the most significant differences and similarities, and how can these be explained? en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Schreibszene Frankfurt, Goethe Universität en_US
dc.subject critical reading en_US
dc.subject ordinary reading en_US
dc.subject literary studies en_US
dc.subject book clubs en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title Critical reading and ordinary reading - within and beyond the academy en_US
dc.type Conference Meeting abstract en_US
dc.relation.url https://www.schreibszene.uni-frankfurt.de/termine/ en_US
dc.identifier.paperprint 0 en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Education and Society en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Culture, Languages and Media (KSM) en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION en_US
dcterms.description.conferenceName Between passion and profession : Idioms, performances and institutions of critique. en_US
dcterms.description.conferencePlace Frankfurt, Germany en_US
dcterms.description.conferenceYear 15-17 november 2018 en_US
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