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Les rencontres d'auteurs en bibliothèque de lecture publique : publics, réceptions et usages d’un « dispositif » de médiation littéraire stratégique

Abstract : Developed on the basis of semi-directive interviews and ethnographic observations conducted at Marguerite Yourcenar multimedia library, set in the 15th arrondissement of Paris – that field of inquiry being occasionally expanded to the city’s public library network as a whole –, this dissertation deals with authors’ interviews in public libraries as a "dispositif", combining approaches from audience, reception and uses studies. As Michel Foucault’s concept of "dispositif" (variously translated as "apparatus", "construction" or "deployment") firstly involves a strategic purpose, the first part of the demonstration is devoted to analyzing the librarians’ representations, speeches and practices about authors’ interviews. Through this kind of cultural activities, these literary mediators tend to place great emphasis on gaining the loyalty of their confirmed readers, thus revealing the limits of their role in democratizing culture. The second part seeks to show how this target audience of the author’s speech (as well as of the public policies) is incited to mobilize his "literary capital", thus thrusting a whole public of "uninitiated" readers into the periphery of the mediation process. These culturally dominated people nevertheless equally, albeit differently – their devious, discreet and silent appropriations being the object of the third part –, take their part in reformulating the meaning and the purpose of authors’ interviews as a "dispositif". Eventually, the challenge of this dissertation is to consider a phenomenon of "publicization of readership" – namely, the co-construction of the meaning of literary works between readership turned into a physical audience, and the very writer "in flesh and bone" – as it happens in the public space of the library, and beyond.
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Guillopé Cyril. Les rencontres d'auteurs en bibliothèque de lecture publique : publics, réceptions et usages d’un « dispositif » de médiation littéraire stratégique. Sociologie. 2019. ⟨dumas-02538255⟩

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