Live Literature in the Philippines: An Ethnographic Study of #RomanceClass and Reading as Performance

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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.