Readers and Retailed Literature: findings from a UK public High Street survey into purchasers’ expectations from books.

Frost, S., 2017. Readers and Retailed Literature: findings from a UK public High Street survey into purchasers’ expectations from books. LOGOS: The Journal of the World Book Community, 28 (2). (In Press)

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Abstract

Critical literature studies tend not to think about readers as customers and consumers or, in economic terms, end-users. From the Frankfurt School to World Literature, those critical studies have little to say about fiction from the viewpoint of readers as commercial actors aware of their participation in and construction of the market. But book retail, both online and off, remains the frame in which book-purchasing choices are made. To understand the hopes and desires of those readers, would it not make sense to ask them? Using the High Street bookshop as a metonymic site for reading within commodity culture, this article will present findings from a national survey with a corpus of 530 responses into expectations from purchased books. To ask what is expected from a book just purchased is simple, banal even, but collectively the answers to it can take the first tentative steps towards a political theory of reading, not from without, but from within our dominant economic frame.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0957-9656
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:29266
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:06 Jun 2017 13:09
Last Modified:06 Jun 2017 13:09

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