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Lena Karlsson

Lena Karlsson

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Lena Karlsson

“Dreams of Emotional Continuity: Reading and Relating in Malous bokklubb,”

Author

  • Lena Karlsson

Summary, in English

Presently there is an abundance of sites, across media, promoting acts of communal reading (televised book clubs, web rings, 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 (Malou’s Book Club), modelled on Oprah’s Book Club in the USA and Richard and Judy’s Book Club in the UK. 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 all others can be used to work on the self.

Publishing year

2011

Language

English

Pages

163-177

Publication/Series

European Journal of Cultural Studies

Volume

vol. 14

Issue

2

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Topic

  • Gender Studies

Keywords

  • book clubs
  • emotion
  • identification
  • middlebrow
  • normativity
  • reading
  • women's culture

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1367-5494