- Copyright Page
- List of Illustrations
- Notes on Contributors
- In Ancient Rome
- In the Classroom
- In the Custom House
- In Public
- Across Borders
- Mental Representation
- Mindreading and Social Status
- Dyslexia: Through the Eyes of da Vinci
Abstract and Keywords
A lot of the way people talk about reading today is in reference to not reading. The absence or negation of reading comes up in many different contexts, frequently as a cause for concern. Digital media are often to blame. Information overload is epidemic. When conversations turn to not reading, what is it about reading itself that is being implied? How are conversations about not reading working to consolidate particular notions about readers, readership, and the function of reading? Is reading really in peril?
Lisa Gitelman teaches English and media studies at New York University. She is the author most recently of Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents (2014).
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