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Bring on the Books for Everybody: How Literary Culture Became Popular Culture

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ISBN: 9780822346067
Author(s): Jim Collins
Format: Paperback
Year: 2010
Publisher: Duke University Press
Dimensions: 155 x 231 x 18 (w x l x h)
Pages: 287

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Bring on the Books for Everybody is an engaging assessment of the robust popular literary culture that has developed in the United States during the past two decades. Jim Collins describes how a once solitary and print-based experience has become an exuberantly social activity, enjoyed as much on the screen as on the page. Fueled by Oprah's Book Club, Miramax film adaptations, superstore bookshops, and new technologies such as the Kindle digital reader, literary fiction has been transformed into best-selling, high-concept entertainment. Collins highlights the infrastructural and cultural changes that have given rise to a flourishing reading public at a time when the future of the book has been called into question. Book reading, he claims, has not become obsolete; it has become integrated into popular visual media. Collins explores how digital technologies and the convergence of literary, visual, and consumer cultures have changed what counts as a 'literary experience' in phenomena ranging from lush film adaptations such as The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love to the customer communities at Amazon.
Central to Collins's analysis and, he argues, to contemporary literary culture, is the notion that refined taste is now easily acquired; it is just a matter of knowing where to access it and whose advice to trust. Using recent novels, he shows that the redefined literary landscape has aff Please click here to ask a question
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