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What are the reading lives of a group of upper-division English majors in terms of their autobiographies, their processes of reading, and their preferred texts? How do they manage required reading and reading for pleasure? Although university students who major in English Studies read consistently, often reading behaviors are taken for granted, particularly the long-term reading lives of these students. How did they develop as readers? What strategies have they developed to be successful? What are preferred tools and technology? How has their various cultures influenced their reading? By using an autoethnographic approach that describes and interrogates their processes and products, the goal was to develop a profile of the reading lives of upper-division English majors at a land-grant, research university. Upper-division English majors with an emphasis in Literature were surveyed as a primary target group of participants, and one English alumna as well as one English professor who teaches Literature classes were interviewed. This is a collaborative research project performed by students enrolled in English 3470, Approaches to Research in English Studies.

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Logan, UT


reading, English majors, authoethnography


English Language and Literature

Book Worms? A Profile of the Reading Lives of English Majors