Yer A Reader, Harry: HP Reread Podcasts as Digital Reading Communities

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McGregor, Hannah. "Yer a reader, Harry: HP Reread Podcasts as digital reading communities." Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies 16.1 (2019): 366-389. https://www.participations.org/Volume%2016/Issue%201/18.pdf

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2019-05-01
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Harry Potter
Podcasts
Fandom
Rereading
Reading communities
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The emergence of reread podcasts – in which hosts revisit a favourite book or series, inviting listeners to reread alongside them – offers insight into new digital reading communities that often emerge around active fandoms. Focusing on the popular sub-genre of Harry Potter reread podcasts, this paper asks what lessons these new reading communities can teach us about the practice of rereading, the capacity of podcasts to create new kinds of interactive publics, the link between podcasts and fan communities, and the roles these podcasts play in readers’ lives. Interactive and participatory yet structured around the expertise of the host, reread podcasts have the potential to become pedagogical and thus transformative online spaces.

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