Reading and Readers in Bulgarian Society (1878 – 1944). The Library Institution Cover Image

Четенето и читателите в българското общество (1878 – 1944). Институцията библиотека
Reading and Readers in Bulgarian Society (1878 – 1944). The Library Institution

Author(s): Polly Mukanova
Contributor(s): Maria Nikolova (Editor)
Subject(s): History, Language and Literature Studies, Cultural history, Library and Information Science, Information Architecture, Library operations and management, Local History / Microhistory, Gender history, Recent History (1900 till today), Sociology of Literature
ISSN: 2815-3731
Published by: Софийски университет »Св. Климент Охридски«
Keywords: library; institution; archive; reading; reader; 1878-1944; Bulgaria
Summary/Abstract: The book presents the research of the reading habits in the modern Bulgarian society after the Bulgarian Liberation (1878). It also presents the oldest and the biggest Bulgarian libraries in the cities of Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, and Ruse founded and developed between 1887 – 1944 under the influence of various institutional and public factors. The research methodology for analysis of the processes forming institutional reading in this period uses an interdisciplinary approach applicable to the research field of History of Book and Reading. The characteristics of the library reader are analyzed through statistical data and the method of historical retrospection. The research follows the development of a new kind of reader after the year 1878 within the context of the modern Bulgarian library. The reader is key factor in constructing a cultural and social identity, and part of the development processes of modern Bulgarian society. The research singles out the institutional reader as an important figure outlining the reading habits in the libraries in Bulgaria.