How to do things with Books in Victorian Britain @timeshighered

An interesting review in Times Higher Education the other week:

Halfway through reading this monograph I instinctively did what Leah Price says people do with books: I used it as a prop to fend off the unwanted overtures of a friendly tourist on a train. That is, I hid behind it, although in fiction more aggressive readers enforce their will by throwing books at people who invade their privacy at an inconvenient moment. Stranger still, my rejected travelling companion looked for company across the aisle and found it in a Christian conference delegate absorbed in her Bible. Given that much of Price’s unusual study is about the circulation of Bibles and tracts, more freely given than read, and the social interactions built by texts as barriers or bridges between readers, there was something uncannily apt about my own reading experience.

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