Reading Spaces in South Africa, 1850-1920s (Heftet)

Serie: Elements in Publishing and Book Culture 


Innbinding: Heftet
Utgivelsesår: 2020
Antall sider: 75
Forlag: Cambridge University Press
Språk: Engelsk
ISBN/EAN: 9781108814706
Kategori: Språk
Omtale Reading Spaces in South Africa, 1850-1920s
Voluntary societies and government initiatives stimulated the growth of reading communities in South Africa in the second half of the nineteenth century. A system of Parliamentary grants to establish public libraries in country towns and villages nurtured a lively reading culture. A condition was that the library should be open free-of-charge to the general public. This became one more reading space, and others included book societies, reading societies, literary societies, debating societies, mechanics institutes, and mutual improvement societies. This Element explains how reading communities used these spaces to promote cultural and literary development in a unique ethos of improvement, and to raise political awareness in South Africa's colonial transition to a Union government and racial segregation.

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