Literature as a Lifeworld Technology

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We explore the ways in which digitization and “literature on screen” affect literary reading as a cognitive process in the twenty-first century.

Ylva Østby and Karin Kukkonen
Published Oct. 2, 2020 1:22 PM

Karin Kukkonen, Ylva Østby and Ida Stange Bernhardt researches how the COVID-19 pandemic affected reading habits in Norway, when the sudden changes entailed all aspects of our everyday life. Many were confined to their homes in isolation, unable to attend cultural events due to infection prevention. Reading literature, however, remained as one cultural activities still available, even as libraries closed. How has this situation affected reading habits in Norway? How do people read and relate to literature in a time of crisis?