Theories of Reading Books, Bodies, and Bibliomania

ISBN-10: 0745616593
ISBN-13: 9780745616599
Edition: 2006
Authors: Karin Littau
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 12/4/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Bringing insights from book history to bear on literary history and theory, this book points to a split between literary study that regards reading as a reducibly mental activity, and a tradition reaching back to antiquity which assumed that reading was not only about sense-making but also about sensation.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Anatomy of Reading
Books
Bibliomania
Bodies
A History of Reading
From reading aloud to reading silently
From monastic to scholastic reading
Reading in solitude
From intensive to extensive reading
The Material Conditions of Reading
Expressive function of print
Instability of the textual object
Histories of textual transmission
From manuscript to typographic culture
From print to hypermedia culture
The Physiology of Consumption
Side-effects of reading
Reading-fever
Reading addiction
Modernity and the assault on the senses
Eye-strain and eye-hunger
Film-fever
Dazzling the audience
Dizzy in hyperspace
(Dis)embodied in cyberspace
Passive consumers
The Reader in Fiction
Dangers of reading
The tearful reader
The frightened reader
The passionate reader
Pathology of reading
Reading games
The danger of a future without books
Multisensory media
The Role o'f Affect in Literary Criticism
Reading with/without pathos
Docere-delectare-movere
From reader to author to text
Disinterested and contemplative reading
Close reading
Reading for sense rather than sensation
The Reader in Theory
(Un)readability
A priori conditions of reading
Controlling readers' responses
Reading expectations
Conventions of reading
Interpretive communities
Failure of reading
Misreading
The reader as writer
The politics of difference
Sexual Politics of Reading
The resisting reader
Black women readers
Empirical audiences
Active consumers
'Low-/middle-/highbrow' reading
Embodied reading
Reading as/like a woman
The feminization of the reader
Conclusion: Materialist Readings
Notes
References and Bibliography
Index

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