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Comparative Textual MediaTransforming the Humanities in the Postprint Era$
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N. Katherine Hayles and Jessica Pressman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680030

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680030.001.0001

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Reading Childishly? A Codicology of the Modern Self

Reading Childishly? A Codicology of the Modern Self

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(p.155) 7 Reading Childishly? A Codicology of the Modern Self
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Comparative Textual Media
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Patricia Crain

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816680030.003.0007

This chapter moves the discussion from reading communities to the reading individual, especially the child reader. As books produced specifically for children begin to emerge as the distinct genre of children’s literature around 1800, the possession of a book becomes increasingly identified with the formation and possession of a self. A book, Crain observes, was frequently the first commodity object that a child would own. Regardless of its content, a book was thus a training ground for commodity culture and for the formation of a subject defined by consumption.

Keywords:   media specificity, media materiality, media framework, practice-based research, recursivity, media theory, curricula reform

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