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1st Edition

The Digital Reading Condition

ISBN 9781032078120
Published December 30, 2022 by Routledge
256 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume offers a critical overview of digital reading practices and scholarly efforts to analyze and understand reading in the mediatized landscape. Building on research about digital reading, born-digital literature, and digital audiobooks, The Digital Reading Condition explores reading as part of a broader cultural shift encompassing many forms of media and genres.

Bringing together research from media and literary studies, digital humanities, scholarship on reading and learning, as well as sensory studies and research on multimodal and multisensory media reception, the authors address and challenge print-biased conceptions of reading that are still prevalent in research, whether the reading medium is print or digital. They argue that the act of reading itself is changing, and rather than rejecting digital media as unsuitable for sustained or focused reading practices, they argue that the complex media landscape challenges us to rethink how to define reading as a mediated practice.

Presenting a truly interdisciplinary perspective on digital reading practices, this volume will appeal to scholars and graduate students in communication, media studies, new media and technology, literature, digital humanities, literacy studies, composition, and rhetoric.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Maria Engberg, Iben Have, and Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen

Section I: Historical and Sociocultural Perspectives on Reading

Introduction to Section I

1. Reading and Materiality: Conditions of Digital Reading
Maria Engberg

2. History of Media Cultures from the Perspective of Multisensory Reading
Iben Have

3. The Condition of Reading in a Digital Media Culture
Jay David Bolter

4. Reading Toward Multiliteracies: Understanding Reading Comprehension and Reading Experience
Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen and Iben Have

Section II: Multisensory Reading

Introduction to Section II

5. Reading and the Senses: Cultural and Technological Perspectives
Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen and Maria Engberg

6. Reading a Literary App for Children
Ayoe Quist Henkel

7. Trends in Immersive Journalism
Iben Have and Maria Engberg

8. Multisensory Reading of Digital Audiobooks
Iben Have and Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen

9. How to Read a Network, or the Internet as Unfinished Demo
Lori Emerson

Section III: Reading Engagement: Aspects of Digital Reading

Introduction to Section III

10. Deep, Focused, and Critical Reading Between Media
Maria Engberg and Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen

11. Reading Digital Interfaces and Audiobooks: Media-Specific and Multisensory Aspects of Immersion
Ayoe Quist Henkel and Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen

12. Motivations for Audiobook Reading in Modern Everyday Lives
Iben Have

Section IV: Young Readers Between Media

Introduction to Section IV

13. Digital Reading in Education: A Situated Disciplinary Literacies Perspective
Nikolaj Elf

14. Different Modes of Reading: Eighth-Grade Students’ Interaction with a Digital Narrative
Signe Hjort Nielsen and Ayoe Quist Henkel

15. Transmedial Reading
Susana Tosca

16. Readers Between Media: Sixth-Grade Students Tuning in to Literature in Different Formats
Ayoe Quist Henkel

Section V: Aesthetics and Digital Reading

Introduction to Section V

17. Situated Reading
Maria Engberg and Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen

18. Reading: Atmosphere, Ambience, and Attunement
Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen

19. Resonance and the Digital Conditions of Reading
Lutz Koepnick

Conclusion: The Digital Reading Condition
Maria Engberg, Iben Have, and Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen

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Maria Engberg is Associate Professor at Malmö University, Sweden, and an Affiliate Researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Uppsala University, Sweden.

Iben Have is Associate Professor in Media Studies in the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark. She holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Aarhus University.

Birgitte Stougaard Pedersen is Associate Professor in Aesthetics and Culture in the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark. She holds a Ph.D. in Aesthetics and Culture from Aarhus University.