Unexpected usage no. 2: The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone
Pierre-Carl Langlais has a PhD in information and communication science and is working with OpenEdition Lab on the unexpected reader detector. Studying OpenEdition’s statistics, he discovered several enlightening cases of how content on the platform has been read and reappropriated, which we are sharing here.
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Another thing we have discovered is that unexpected reading can also stem from less “exceptional” current affairs. The OpenEdition logs include traces of temporary interest aroused by a book or film. In June, the American television channel TCM broadcast an American classic from the 1950s, The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone. Not everyone necessarily saw the end of the film (or understood it perfectly): an article on Revues.org originally published in 1997 in the Journal of the Short Story in English (jsse.revues.org/138) attracted several hundred American visitors with the keywords “spring of Mrs Stone ending”. Open access searches here assume a new function of enriching and “documenting” the aesthetic experience. Studies, some of them old, can be remobilized to shed light on the context of a work or its meaning.