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Algorithmic Technologies

The final section of the book, "Futures," is more speculative. Explore the outer boundaries of reading. Here the focus shifts from what is being read to the strangest question of who or what is being read.

In the era of automatic reading, it is we who are "read by the minute" by algorithmic technologies.

Likewise, it is underlined how our media have turned the tide: a Kindle reads to us as much as we read it, monitoring our progress and recording our favorite passages.

Even the "artist's books" play an important part with the idea of ​​heat-sensitive pages.


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Hyper Book

Near, deep, distant, superficial and hyper. But instead of diligently mapping the state of the field of study, the book pushes its boundaries and creates new connections, as the title itself suggests.

This book is an interesting contribution to the study of reading not because ...


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What does it mean to read today in the 21st century? Certainly something very different from what he was reading until Marshall McLuhan, sensing the imminent changes in the world of human communication, wrote that decisive idea of ​​him in that important book: The Medium is the Message. ...


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A Topic Worthy of Investigation

This book foregrounds reading as a topic worthy of investigation in its own right rather than as a sub-section of histories of the book, sociologies of literacy, or theories of literature.

As our knowledge of reading changes in step with the media and the scholarly...


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The Vital Question

Edited by Matthew Rubery and Leah Price, "Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature" addresses the vital question: What do we mean when we talk about 'reading'?

Thinks expansively about the scope of the term 'reading' and its various techniques within tod...


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The Market

The opening is to the market. Readers of this new anthology may feel eerily aware of what they are actually doing when they are reading.

A reading can be “assigned”, studying it because they have to (if, for example, they need to review it for a literary journal) or in a linear...


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A Reading-Pill Chip

They respond, that is, to the touch of a reader's hand to reveal the hidden text. It goes even further: reading can be performed routinely, in collaboration with “non-human actors” (machines, screens and software).

Poetry becomes electronic and self-animated, it suggests creat...


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The Future

The scenario of the future is one that offers important stimuli to understand how and to what extent technology will affect our reading intentions.

How do technologies track our reading? Digital devices today can monitor not only what is electronically read, but when, where an...


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A Different Way of Reading

 A fundamental theme emerges: that evanescent sentimentality that often surrounds reading is questioned.

The editors write: "Here you will not find any casual statement such as reading makes us better people". The conventional image of reading as a silent and solitary immersion...


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Ancient and Modern Scenarios

They range from ancient and modern scenarios, to public and private, individual and collective. Styles can be close at hand or distant, technical or critical, planned or assigned. 

The senses of the reader are also involved, such as sight, sounds, touch and contact, orality and...


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Reading or Being Read

At that time, "reading" actually meant "being read by one's slave". If we are handling and turning the pages of a physical copy, we will experience the book in a tactile mode. We may also suddenly realize that we are "subvocalized" to the mental sound of written syllables if we read in audio....


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Reading in the 21st Century

Reading in the 21st Century

What does reading mean in the 20st century? As other disciplines challenge literary criticism’s authority to answer this question, English professors themselves are defining new alternatives to close reading and to interpretation more generally.

Further Reading bri...


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Thirty-One Essays

The book brings together thirty-one essays drawing on different approaches such as formalism, historicism, neuroscience, disability, calculus and many other things. Employees try to give reasonable answers to the following questions:

What do we mean when we talk about "reading"...


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Scrolling the Book

As I said before, not having the possibility to have the book in my hands (it was only published in paper version at a not very popular price), I was able to "scroll", so to speak, the summary of the chapters in a digital on the website of the OUP publishing house.

Very conveni...


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