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New Directions in Aesthetics #3: Performance of Reading: An Essay in the Philosophy of Literature

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Publisher Comments:

The Performance of Reading argues that there are distinct analogies between "silent" reading and artistic performance, and so fashions the new role of the reader as performer.

  • An original and insightful exploration of the act of reading by the leading scholar in the field.

  • Discusses the history of reading and the transitions from reading aloud to reading silently, and the changing role of literature as communal, active experience to a more private endeavor.

Book News Annotation:

Taking an unexpected position on the performative nature of reading, Kivy (philosophy, Rutgers U.) finds distinct analogies between silent reading and performance, arguing that readers' experience in reading is similar to the reaction of ancient Athenians listening to recitations of Homer. Kivy makes a case for a deeper understanding and appreciation of literary works by suggesting that readers are performers of the works they read and their performances are recitations to the inner ear. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Peter Kivy is Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University and a past president of the American Society for Aesthetics. He is author of The Possessor and the Possessed: Handel, Mozart, Beethovern, and the Idea of Musical Genius (2001), New Essays on Musical Understanding (2001), and Introduction to a Philosophy of Music (2002), and editor of The Blackwell Guide to Aesthetics (Blackwell, 2004).

About the Author

"[T]his book is a mine of intriguing speculations, ingenious argument, and stimulating suggestions, made even more attractive by Kivy's engaging style." (David Davies, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (vol. 66, issue 1)

"Kivy's is a highly welcome book … .One hopes that Kivy's highly original, thought-provoking book betokens a new wave of scholarship." (Eighteenth-Century Studies)

"As always, [Kivy's] style is clear, lively, and engaging. In The Performance of Reading he offers a bold new interpretation of what the reading of literature is. The thesis of this monograph is simple: reading literature is a performance--more precisely, a silent one. 'I read, therefore I perform' ... Readers have an 'experience' not different from the one the ancients had when Homer was performed. It is still as if a voice in one's head is telling a story. Overall, this work is a wonderful addition to the understanding of literature." (Choice)

Table of Contents

Preface.

The Performance of Reading.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405146920
Subtitle:
An Essay in the Philosophy of Literature
Author:
Kivy, Peter
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Subject:
Speech
Subject:
Oral interpretation
Subject:
Readers' theater
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Aesthetics "Peter Kivy is probably the most respected aesthetician currently active in the English-speaking philosophical world, and this book is a wholly typical Kivy product, informed by his deep knowledge of music, literature and the history of philoso
Subject:
Reference-Speech and Debate
Subject:
Philosophy of Literature
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WOL online Book (not BRO)
Series:
New Directions in Aesthetics
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9.18x6.48x.65 in. .89 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
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"Synopsis" by , Peter Kivy is Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University and a past president of the American Society for Aesthetics. He is author of The Possessor and the Possessed: Handel, Mozart, Beethovern, and the Idea of Musical Genius (2001), New Essays on Musical Understanding (2001), and Introduction to a Philosophy of Music (2002), and editor of The Blackwell Guide to Aesthetics (Blackwell, 2004).
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