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Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman EmpireA Study of Elite Communities$
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William A. Johnson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176407

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176407.001.0001

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Reading as a Sociocultural System

Reading as a Sociocultural System

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(p.3) Chapter 1 Reading as a Sociocultural System
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Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire
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William A. Johnson (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176407.003.0001

This chapter investigates the question of how best to analyze the question of reading in antiquity. Reading for purposes of this study is seen not as an individual act, but as the negotiated construction of meaning within a particular sociocultural context. The focus of the book is, then, a particular set of contextualized reading communities, investigated from a constructivist angle.

Keywords:   reading, reading communities, sociocultural context, constructivist

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