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Humanitarian sciences in Siberia

2020 year, number 3

ENTERTAINING READING AS ONE OF THE LEADING READING PRACTICES OF SIBERIAN AND FAR EASTERN CITIZENS IN THE LATE XX - EARLY OF XXI CENTURIES

YU.V. TIMOFEEVA
State Public Scientific Technical Library of the SB RAS, 15, Voshod Str., Novosibirsk, 630102, Russian Federation
Keywords: читателеведение, досуговое чтение, развлекательное чтение, художественная литература, "глянцевые" журналы, читательская аудитория, модификации чтения, функции развлекательного чтения, рейтинг авторов, reading, leisure reading, entertaining reading, fiction, "glossy" magazines, reading audience, reading modifications, functions of entertainment reading, authors’ rating

Abstract

To study reading is an urgent task of modern research by virtue of its great social significance. Due to the small number of comprehensive studies on the reading of Siberian and Far Eastern residents, the article considers for the first time the entertainment reading as its independent modification among the remote province inhabitants. The work objective is a specific-historical characteristic of entertainment reading of Siberian and Far Eastern citizens in the late XX - early XXI centuries. Data were collected in reports of local libraries, questionnaires, a wide range of research literature on the topic, which allows characterizing the source base as sufficiently complete and representative. The study’s methodological basis is the theory of reading modification. The study was carried out in accordance with principles of historicism, objectivity, systematicity, using the following approaches: terminological, inductive, deductive ones, structural and statistical analysis, comparative analysis, questionnaire, localization of historical facts. The identified data make it possible to clarify and supplement the picture of reading in the post-Soviet period. The results show that the entertainment reading’s share was significant and depended, first, on the reader’s age and occupation: the least share was among the students, decreasing with each class and lagging behind the educational reading, falling to the minimum among high school students, the highest - in persons with higher education, pensioners and unemployed. The obtained results give an idea of the most popular fiction genres and writers in the region, who were the authors of detectives, love and historical novels, adventures. This study developed the position of the theory of reading modification. It clarifies the definitions of the terms «entertainment reading» and «leisure reading» shows a portrait of the reading audience of entertainment reading; reconstructs the text corpus, expands significantly its functional field.