Bring on the Books for Everybody (häftad)
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Duke University Press
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Bring on the Books for Everybody (häftad)

Bring on the Books for Everybody

How Literary Culture Became Popular Culture

Häftad Engelska, 2010-06-25
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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 affected not just how books are being read, but also what sort of novels are being written for these passionate readers. Collins connects literary bestsellers from The Jane Austen Book Club and Literacy and Longing in L.A. to Saturday and The Line of Beauty, highlighting their depictions of fictional worlds filled with avid readers and their equations of reading with cultivated consumer taste.
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"In this lively, always insightful but never predictable book, Jim Collins claims that literary culture is alive and well today, but that to understand it we must also understand the variety of institutions and technologies that house and drive it, its storage and delivery systems, and its new forms of connoisseurship. He makes us think about what it means to love literature, and how a cultural activity comes to be enjoyed as popular culture."-Linda Hutcheon, author of A Theory of Adaptation

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Jim Collins is Professor of Film and Television, and English at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Architectures of Excess: Cultural Life in the Information Age and Uncommon Cultures: Popular Culture and Post-Modernism; the editor of High-Pop: Making Culture into Popular Entertainment; and a co-editor of Film Theory Goes to the Movies.


Acknowledgments vii Introduction: Digital Books, Beach Chairs, and Popular Literary Culture 1 Part I. The New Infrastructure of Reading: Sites, Delivery Systems, Authorities 1. The End of Civilization (or at Least Civilized Reading) as You Know It: Barnes & Noble,, and Self-Cultivation 39 2. Book Clubs, Book Lust, and National Librarians: Literary Connoisseurship as Popular Entertainment 80 Part II. The Literary Experience in Visual Cultures 3. The Movie Was Better: The Rise of the Cine-Literary 117 4. "Miramaxing": Beyond Mere Adaptation 141 Part III. Popular Literary Fiction 5. Sex and the Post-Literary City 183 6. The Devoutly Literary Bestseller 221 Bibliography 267 Index 271