The Eclipse of Elegant Economy

The Eclipse of  Elegant Economy

33 Byrne, Michael, The History and Contemporary Significance of Book Clubs (1978), 1,8. 34 Howlett, Peter, Fighting with Figures: A Statistical Digest of ...

Author: Martin Cohen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317034711

Category: History

Page: 262

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Elizabeth Gaskell might have been amused to learn that the Victorian 'elegant economy' she mocked so poignantly in Cranford reached a new apogee in the mid-twentieth century and endured the invasion of its precise antithesis, 'conspicuous consumption'. For Britons of all classes the years of austerity during and after the Second World War were years of disorientation and fears of resurgence of the worst of the interwar decades. They had never had more money in their pockets or less material things on which to spend it. Many took refuge in the 'elegant economy', its creator dubbed 'a sort of sour-grapeism, which made us very peaceful and satisfied'. Constrained by rationing, manufacturing and import controls personal finance could only be disbursed on non-material things - sometimes wisely, sometimes pragmatically and sometimes by throwing all caution to the wind. Here for the first time is the history of these diverse reactions explored through Britain's metamorphosis from austerity to affluence, with consumerism seen through fresh eyes. Today political commentators constantly warn of the encroachment of austerity. This book is a timely reminder of the years of real austerity in Britain: when regardless of financial status everyone suffered its tribulations: when a 'sub-prime' mortgage was unimaginable: when abuse of expense claims by public figures was unthinkable: and when no one dared utter a word critical of their bank or its manager.
Categories: History

The Discourse of Reading Groups

The Discourse of Reading Groups

Elizabeth Long (2003) provides a brief historical survey of shared reading ... and contemporary women's reading groups as resulting from significant changes ...

Author: David Peplow

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317914099

Category: Education

Page: 204

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Of interest in their own terms as a significant cultural practice, reading groups also provide a window on the everyday interpretation of literary texts. While reading is often considered a solitary process, reading groups constitute a form of social reading, where interpretations are produced and displayed in discourse. The Discourse of Reading Groups is a study of such joint conceptual activity, and how this is necessarily embedded in interpersonal activity and the production of reader identities. Uniquely in this context it draws on, and seeks to integrate, ideas from both cognitive and social linguistics. The book will be of interest to scholars in literacy studies as well as cultural and literary studies, the history of reading, applied linguistics and sociolinguistics, digital technologies and educational research.
Categories: Education

Reading Communities from Salons to Cyberspace

Reading Communities from Salons to Cyberspace

The differing lenses reveal the rich history that informs contemporary ... to book club members.40 Hailing the rise in popularity and significance of the ...

Author: DeNel Rehberg Sedo

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230308848

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 218

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Reading is both a social process and a social formation, as this book illustrates across centuries and cultural contexts. Highlighting links evident in reading communities from literary salons to online environments, each essay reflects the rich repertoire of research methods available to reading scholars.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The 1990s A Decade of Contemporary British Fiction

The 1990s  A Decade of Contemporary British Fiction

What this might mean for a final assessment of the 'historical turn' is a ... The Oprah Book Club, began in 1995 by US talk show host Oprah Winfrey, ...

Author: Nick Hubble

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474242417

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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How did social, cultural and political events in Britain during the 1990s shape contemporary British Fiction? From the fall of the Berlin Wall to the turn of the millennium, the 1990s witnessed a realignment of global politics. Against the changing international scene, this volume uses events abroad and in Britain to examine and explain the changes taking place in British fiction, including: the celebration of national identities, fuelled by the move toward political devolution in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales; the literary optimism in urban ethnic fictions written by a new generation of authors, born and raised in Britain; the popularity of neo-Victorian fiction. Critical surveys are balanced by in-depth readings of work by the authors who defined the decade, including A.S. Byatt, Hanif Kureishi, Will Self, Caryl Phillips and Irvine Welsh: an approach that illustrates exactly how their key themes and concerns fit within the social and political circumstances of the decade.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Handbook of Research on Teaching Diverse Youth Literature to Pre Service Professionals

Handbook of Research on Teaching Diverse Youth Literature to Pre Service Professionals

With the addition of the Book Club on activism in Fall 2020, I rearranged the ... we discuss contemporary and historical examples, and I share resources to ...

Author: Hartsfield, Danielle E.

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781799873778

Category: Education

Page: 727

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Perspectives and identity are typically reinforced at a young age, giving teachers the responsibility of selecting reading material that could potentially change how the child sees the world. This is the importance of sharing diverse literature with today’s children and young adults, which introduces them to texts that deal with religion, gender identities, racial identities, socioeconomic conditions, etc. Teachers and librarians play significant roles in placing diverse books in the hands of young readers. However, to achieve the goal of increasing young people’s access to diverse books, educators and librarians must receive quality instruction on this topic within their university preparation programs. The Handbook of Research on Teaching Diverse Youth Literature to Pre-Service Professionals is a comprehensive reference source that curates promising practices that teachers and librarians are currently applying to prepare aspiring teachers and librarians for sharing and teaching diverse youth literature. Given the importance of sharing diverse books with today’s young people, university educators must be aware of engaging and effective methods for teaching diverse literature to pre-service teachers and librarians. Covering topics such as syllabus development, diversity, social justice, and activity planning, this text is essential for university-level teacher educators, library educators who prepare pre-service teachers and librarians, university educators, faculty, adjunct instructors, researchers, and students.
Categories: Education

Reading Beyond the Book

Reading Beyond the Book

Jenny Hartley's and Sarah Turvey's (n.d.) work on reading groups in British ... Sweeney's (2010) work makes a significant contribution to contemporary ...

Author: Danielle Fuller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135080372

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 370

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Literary culture has become a form of popular culture over the last fifteen years thanks to the success of televised book clubs, film adaptations, big-box book stores, online bookselling, and face-to-face and online book groups. This volume offers the first critical analysis of mass reading events and the contemporary meanings of reading in the UK, USA, and Canada based on original interviews and surveys with readers and event organizers. The resurgence of book groups has inspired new cultural formations of what the authors call "shared reading." They interrogate the enduring attraction of an old technology for readers, community organizers, and government agencies, exploring the social practices inspired by the sharing of books in public spaces and revealing the complex ideological investments made by readers, cultural workers, institutions, and the mass media in the meanings of reading.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Feminist Pedagogy in Higher Education

Feminist Pedagogy in Higher Education

Engaging a History of Women's Book Clubs The history of women's book clubs ... book club, brief examination of the historical significance of book clubs for ...

Author: Tracy Penny Light

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 9781771120982

Category: Social Science

Page: 342

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In this new collection, contributors from a variety of disciplines provide a critical context for the relationship between feminist pedagogy and academic feminism by exploring the complex ways that critical perspectives can be brought into the classroom. This book discusses the processes employed to engage learners by challenging them to ask tough questions and craft complex answers, wrestle with timely problems and posit innovative solutions, and grapple with ethical dilemmas for which they seek just resolutions. Diverse experiences, interests, and perspectives—together with the various teaching and learning styles that participants bring to twenty-first-century universities—necessitate inventive and evolving pedagogical approaches, and these are explored from a critical perspective. The contributors collectively consider the implications of the theory/practice divide, which remains central within academic feminism’s role as both a site of social and gender justice and as a part of the academy, and map out some of the ways in which academic feminism is located within the academy today.
Categories: Social Science

What Would Jesus Read

What Would Jesus Read

Popular Religious Books and Everyday Life in Twentieth-Century America Erin A. ... and studies of historical and contemporary reading groups often begin by ...

Author: Erin A. Smith

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9781469621333

Category: Religion

Page: 410

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Since the late nineteenth century, religiously themed books in America have been commercially popular yet scorned by critics. Working at the intersection of literary history, lived religion, and consumer culture, Erin A. Smith considers the largely unexplored world of popular religious books, examining the apparent tension between economic and religious imperatives for authors, publishers, and readers. Smith argues that this literature served as a form of extra-ecclesiastical ministry and credits the popularity and longevity of religious books to their day-to-day usefulness rather than their theological correctness or aesthetic quality. Drawing on publishers' records, letters by readers to authors, promotional materials, and interviews with contemporary religious-reading groups, Smith offers a comprehensive study that finds surprising overlap across the religious spectrum--Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish, liberal and conservative. Smith tells the story of how authors, publishers, and readers reconciled these books' dual function as best-selling consumer goods and spiritually edifying literature. What Would Jesus Read? will be of interest to literary and cultural historians, students in the field of print culture, and scholars of religious studies.
Categories: Religion

Book Clubs

Book Clubs

Past. and. Present:Introductory. Reflections ... In general,contemporary reading groups are much less meticulously organized,no longer require written ...

Author: Elizabeth Long

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226492629

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 254

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Book clubs are everywhere these days. And women talk about the clubs they belong to with surprising emotion. But why are the clubs so important to them? And what do the women discuss when they meet? To answer questions like these, Elizabeth Long spent years observing and participating in women's book clubs and interviewing members from different discussion groups. Far from being an isolated activity, she finds reading for club members to be an active and social pursuit, a crucial way for women to reflect creatively on the meaning of their lives and their place in the social order.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The New Literary Middlebrow

The New Literary Middlebrow

These historical conditions continue to characterize informal bookclubs – the ... What is new aboutOprah's Book Club as a middlebrow institution is its ...

Author: B. Driscoll

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137402929

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 234

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The middlebrow is a dominant cultural force in the twenty-first century. This book defines the new literary middlebrow through eight key features: middle class, feminized, reverential, commercial, emotional, recreational, earnest and mediated. Case studies include Oprah's Book Club, the Man Booker Prize and the Harry Potter phenomenon.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Richard Judy Book Club Reader

The Richard   Judy Book Club Reader

These attributes distinguish the club from academia and comprise an alternative model of reading. In an extension of Rubin's and Radway's historical ...

Author: Dr Helen Cousins

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409478904

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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In January 2004, daytime television presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan launched their book club and sparked debate about the way people in Britain, from the general reader to publishers to the literati, thought about books and reading. The Richard & Judy Book Club Reader brings together historians of the book, literature scholars, and specialists in media and cultural studies to examine the effect of the club on reading practices and the publishing and promotion of books. Beginning with an analysis of the book club's history and its ongoing development in relation to other reading groups worldwide including Oprah's, the editors consider issues of book marketing and genre. Further chapters explore the effects of the mass-broadcast celebrity book club on society, literature and its marketing, and popular culture. Contributors ask how readers discuss books, judge value and make choices. The collection addresses questions of authorship, authority and canon in texts connected by theme or genre including the postcolonial exotic, disability and representations of the body, food books, and domesticity. In addition, book club author Andrew Smith shares his experiences in a fascinating interview.
Categories: Social Science

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science

THEODORE C. HINES BOOK CLUBS Book clubs are a method of selling books by mail . ... the History Book Club , and the Contemporary Affairs Society .

Author: Allen Kent

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 0824720024

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 720

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"The Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science provides an outstanding resource in 33 published volumes with 2 helpful indexes. This thorough reference set--written by 1300 eminent, international experts--offers librarians, information/computer scientists, bibliographers, documentalists, systems analysts, and students, convenient access to the techniques and tools of both library and information science. Impeccably researched, cross referenced, alphabetized by subject, and generously illustrated, the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science integrates the essential theoretical and practical information accumulating in this rapidly growing field."
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Andrea Levy

Andrea Levy

Contemporary Critical Perspectives Jeannette Baxter, David James ... were distributed to book clubs hosted in major port cities whose histories are widely ...

Author: Jeannette Baxter

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441147585

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Andrea Levy has emerged as one of the most significant and popular voices in contemporary black British writing both in the UK and abroad. Drawing on a familial history of emigration, her critically-acclaimed novels - including the multiple award-winning Small Island - attempt to bring a variety of voices to the representation of black experience in post-war Britain. This book is the first of its kind to be devoted to Levy's work. Combining historical, theoretical and textual perspectives, the volume hosts a wide range of current critical approaches to Levy's fiction. With chapters written by leading established and emerging scholars, the book explores issues of literary form, diasporic literature and cultural value, the BBC TV adaptation of Small Island, while also shedding fresh light on Levy's critically neglected early works. The book also includes a new interview with Levy herself, a timeline of her life, chapter summaries, as well as guides to further reading and online resources, making this an essential companion to the writings of one of the most exciting voices in contemporary fiction.
Categories: Literary Criticism

An Introduction to Book History

An Introduction to Book History

... model of book dissemination pioneered in the US by the Book-of-the-Month Club ... now form a significant aspect of contemporary book history interests, ...

Author: David Finkelstein

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415314428

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

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An Introduction to Book History provides a comprehensive critical introduction to the development of the book and print culture. David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery chart the move from spoken word to written texts, the coming of print, the book as commodity, the power and profile of readers, and the future of the book in the electronic age. Each section begins with a summary of the chapter's aims and contents, followed by a detailed discussion of the relevant issues, concluding with a summary of the chapter and suggestions for further reading. Sections include: the history of the book orality to Literacy literacy to printing authors, authorship and authority printers, booksellers, publishers, agents readers and reading the future of the book. An Introduction to Book History is an ideal introduction to this exciting field of study, and is designed as a companion text to The Book History Reader.
Categories: Social Science

Introduction to Contemporary Print Culture

Introduction to Contemporary Print Culture

Oprah's Book Club and the Politics of Cross-racial Empathy. ... (2011) The History of Reading, Volume 3: Methods, Strategies, Tactics.

Author: Simone Murray

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000178296

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

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Introduction to Contemporary Print Culture examines the role of the book in the modern world. It considers the book’s deeply intertwined relationships with other media through ownership structures, copyright and adaptation, the constantly shifting roles of authors, publishers and readers in the digital ecosystem and the merging of print and digital technologies in contemporary understandings of the book object. Divided into three parts, the book first introduces students to various theories and methods for understanding print culture, demonstrating how the study of the book has grown out of longstanding academic disciplines. The second part surveys key sectors of the contemporary book world – from independent and alternative publishers to editors, booksellers, readers and libraries – focusing on topical debates. In the final part, digital technologies take centre stage as eBook regimes and mass-digitisation projects are examined for what they reveal about information power and access in the twenty-first century. This book provides a fascinating and informative introduction for students of all levels in publishing studies, book history, literature and English, media, communication and cultural studies, cultural sociology, librarianship and archival studies and digital humanities.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Small Towns in Early Modern Europe

Small Towns in Early Modern Europe

It subscribed to Martin's History of Thetford , published in 1779 , together with book clubs and societies at Bungay , Diss and Eye and the Thetford Royal ...

Author: Peter Clark

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521893747

Category: History

Page: 332

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The first major work in English to give a pan-European perspective on the changing role of small towns from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century.
Categories: History

Master Class Living Longer Stronger and Happier

Master Class  Living Longer  Stronger  and Happier

The study groups read the books and followed a sixyear course of study ofancient history and literature, drama, art, modern literature, poetry, and music.

Author: Peter Spiers

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781455510436

Category: Self-Help

Page: 300

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They can be seen in communities throughout the country-- those amazingly hale, hearty, and happy older folks who are having fun, have a million friends, are sharp as tacks, and look like they'll live forever. Their secret-- revealed and explained in MASTER CLASS-- is an active lifestyle that blends moving, thinking, socializing and creating. Through inspirational stories from active seniors, supported by the latest research in the fields of psychology and neuro-science, MASTER CLASS shows how to build an enriching lifestyle on the foundation of favorite activities. Author Peter Spiers, Senior Vice President of Road Scholar, the top-notch life-long learning organization, provides easy-to-follow charts that allow readers to break out of their daily routines into Moving/Thinking/Socializing/Creating. By filling the gaps with a selection from 25 "Master Activities," such as learning a musical instrument, playing tennis, volunteering and more, they'll create a happy, holistic, brain-healthy lifestyle that's rich and meaningful.
Categories: Self-Help

Democracy and Political Culture

Democracy and Political Culture

Studies in Modern British History Ross McKibbin. Cronin was fully aware of their significance. To be a book club author was to have the imprimatur of the ...

Author: Ross McKibbin

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198834205

Category: Democracy

Page: 208

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'Democracy and Political Culture' attempts to give a total picture of the political-social culture of Great Britain in the 20th century. It is a study of British democracy and asks the question: what does it mean to describe Britain as a democratic society?
Categories: Democracy

Key Concepts in Contemporary Popular Fiction

Key Concepts in Contemporary Popular Fiction

Book Clubs The most common current meaning of the term refers to an ... have a long and distinguished history, and individual book clubs can focus on ...

Author: Bernice M. Murphy

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474411042

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

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Key Concepts in Contemporary Popular Fiction represents an invaluable starting point for students wishing to familiarise themselves with this exciting and rapidly evolving area of literary studies. It provides an accessible, concise and reliable overview of core critical terminology, key theoretical approaches, and the major genres and sub-genres within popular fiction. Because popular fiction is significantly shaped by commercial forces, the book also provides critical and historical contexts for terminology related to e-books, e-publishing, and self-publishing platforms. By using focusing in particular on post-2000 trends in popular fiction, the book provides a truly up-to-date snapshot of the subject area and its critical contexts.
Categories: Literary Criticism