Dreams of emotional continuity: Reading and relating in Malous bokklubb

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Dreams of emotional continuity: Reading and relating in Malous bokklubb
Author(s) Karlsson, Lena
Date 2011
English abstract
Presently, there is an abundance of sites, across media, promoting acts of communal reading (televised book clubs, webrings, publishers’ book discussion questions, etc.). This article forms a case-study of what usages of reading and concurrently what reading subjects are framed in the Swedish televised book club, Malous bokklubb, modeled on Oprah’s Book Club in the U.S. and Richard & Judy’s Book Club in the U.K. The main reading protocol underwritten by various textual fields in the show is the one of rich emotional continuity between the reading subject and its textual others. The show partakes in a middlebrow “women’s culture” whose main message is that women, across differences, have something in common, and that the stories of almost any other’s can be used to work on the self.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367549410377244 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Sage
Host/Issue European Journal of Cultural Studies;2
Volume 14
ISSN 1367-5494
Pages 163-178
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) reading
book clubs
middlebrow
emotion
women’s culture
normativity
identification
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/11954 (link to this page)

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