Live Literature in the Philippines: An Ethnographic Study of #RomanceClass and Reading as Performance
Live literature – events where literature is the dominant art form presented or performed – is a highly visible form of contemporary book culture. In this article, we examine the live reading events organised by #RomanceClass in the Philippines as a case study, using a digital ethnography method which draws on fieldnotes, interviews, social media content, a decibel reader, and a bingo card; and grapple with some of the methodological challenges of researching post-digital literary events. By doing so, we seek not only to explore these fascinating live reading events as specific local phenomena, but also the ways in which the characteristics of a given genre world shape the phenomenology of live literature events more broadly.
Parnell, C. Trinidad, A. A., & McAlister, J. (2021). Live literature in the Philippines: an ethnographic study of #RomanceClass and reading as performance. Creative Industries Journal. https://doi.org/10.1080/17510694.2021.1939544