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New Directions in Aesthetics #3: Performance of Reading: An Essay in the Philosophy of Literatureby Peter Kivy
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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.
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)
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)
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