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Regionalism and the Reading Class

Wendy Griswold


Globalization and the Internet are smothering cultural regionalism, that sense of place that flourished in simpler times. These two villains are also prime suspects in the death of reading. Or so alarming reports about our homogenous and dumbed-down culture would have it, but as this book shows, neither of these claims stands up under scrutiny—quite the contrary. The author of this book draws on cases from Italy, Norway, and the United States to show that fans of books form their own reading class, with a distinctive demographic profile separate from the general public. This reading class is m ... More

Keywords: globalization, Internet, cultural regionalism, reading class, literary practices, educated elite, mobile elite, regional writing, cosmopolitan readers, local culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226309224
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226309262.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendy Griswold, author