Crisis time and rereading

Ben Davies, Christina Lupton, Johanne Gormsen Schmidt

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    This chapter draws on ethnographic evidence of readers revisiting favourite texts in 2020 to suggest that times of crisis might be characterised by the practices of rereading as much as by the demand for novelty, survival manuals, or news. Engaging with a range of academic arguments for and against the affordances of rereading, we suggest that it is crucial to see the activity as one defined, in times of crisis, by context. Not only, we show, do new experiences of danger and crisis play into the desire for familiar texts but also diverse media formats and forms of experience make these old texts new in ways that we might not expect.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTemporalities in/of Crises in Anglophone Literatures
    EditorsSibylle Baumbach, Birgit Neumann
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Electronic)9781003348122
    ISBN (Print)1032390301, 9781032390307
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2023

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