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Conclusion: The Reading Class and the Future of Regionalism

Wendy Griswold

in Regionalism and the Reading Class

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780226309224
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226309262 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226309262.003.0007
Conclusion: The Reading Class and the Future of Regionalism

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This concluding chapter begins with a discussion of reading as a social and elite practice. It then explains why the distinction between the reading class and reading culture is important for regional literature. Regional literature requires a reading class, but it does not necessarily require a reading culture. A reading culture is a place (a city, a province, a country) where most people, over and above the demands of their job or schooling, routinely read printed materials for entertainment and information. Reading cultures always have reading classes, but reading classes often flourish without reading cultures. The discussion then turns to reading-class desire and the future of regionalism.

Keywords: reading; reading class; reading culture; regionalism; regional literature

Chapter.  4991 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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