The Locations and Means of Literary Reading

Michael Burke, Esmeralda V. Bon

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The means and locations of reading are becoming increasingly significant. This is not only reflected in the academic world but also in the press. This chapter addresses the question of whether the locations and means of reading have changed in the past ten years since the advent of the e-reader. Have the places and manner of reading become more flexible? Has reading “on the go” replaced traditional locations of literary reading? Is more literature being read on mobile devices or is reading on paper still preferred over digital means—or are current readers hybrid readers? These are the questions that underpin this chapter. A connected series of experiments was conducted that seeks to explore the question of locations and means of contemporary acts of reading. It is hoped that the results that emerge may point the way to more qualitative and quantitative studies on this increasingly significant topic.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExpressive Minds and Artistic Creations
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in Cognitive Poetics
EditorsSzilvia Csábi
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9780190457761
ISBN (Print)9780190457747
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognition
  • Poetics
  • Literary reading


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