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Reading and the Body : The Physical Practice of Reading (Hardcover) (Thomas Mc Laughlin)

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Reading and the Body challenges our assumption that reading is exclusively an act of the mind, of disembodied consciousness. Literary theory has been dominated by a mind/body dualism which ignores the role of the body in reading. Reading and the Body focuses on reading as a physical practice. It analyses the role of the eyes, the hands, postures and gestures, bodily habits and physical spaces in the act of reading, and it speculates on the implications of this embodiment for the interpretive process. The practice of reading imposes strict physical disciplines on the body, but it also encourages intelligent adaptations and improvisations that mark each reader as a unique reading body. The movement from the codex to the hypertext has created new challenges and opportunities for the reading body, which must now be more adaptable and improvisatory than ever in order to interact with new material forms of textuality. By focusing on specific physical habits and procedures, Reading and the Body reframes our understanding of hermeneutics as an achievement of the human body.

Reading and the Body challenges our assumption that reading is exclusively an act of the mind, of disembodied consciousness. Literary theory has been dominated by a mind/body dualism which ignores the role of the body in reading. Reading and the Body focuses on reading as a physical practice. It analyses the role of the eyes, the hands, postures and gestures, bodily habits and physical spaces in the act of reading, and it speculates on the implications of this embodiment for the interpretive process. The practice of reading imposes strict physical disciplines on the body, but it also encourages intelligent adaptations and improvisations that mark each reader as a unique reading body. The movement from the codex to the hypertext has created new challenges and opportunities for the reading body, which must now be more adaptable and improvisatory than ever in order to interact with new material forms of textuality. By focusing on specific physical habits and procedures, Reading and the Body reframes our understanding of hermeneutics as an achievement of the human body.

Number of Pages: 208
Genre: Literary Criticism
Sub-Genre: Semiotics + Theory
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Author: Thomas Mc Laughlin
Language: English
Street Date: September 16, 2015
TCIN: 46770005
UPC: 9781137541314
Item Number (DPCI): 247-52-0572

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