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The Performance of Reading: An Essay in the Philosophy of Literature (New Directions in Aesthetics)

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Of the arts, some are performing arts and some are not. There are performances of musical works, but not of paintings. Literature, in this regard, is a mixed bag. Plays are performed; novels, short stories, and narrative poems are not. And although one can read a play to oneself, or read a novel aloud as a kind of performance, a play is intended to be performed while the contemporary novel is intended to be silently read. But the printed word in its earliest days did not signify silent reading. And in the ancient world, those who could read would read aloud to themselves. The advent of silent reading is relatively new in our history.

In this insightful and provocative essay, Peter Kivy argues that there are distinct analogies between “silent” reading and performance. Readers have an “experience” when they read silently to themselves akin to the experience one would have had when the rhapsode recited Homer to the citizens of Plato’s Athens. Kivy makes the case for a deeper understanding and appreciation of literary works by suggesting that readers are performers of the works they read, their performances recitations to the “inner ear.”

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

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, Beethoven, 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).

Table of Contents

Preface.

The Performance of Reading.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405188234
Subtitle:
An Essay in the Philosophy of Literature
Author:
Kivy, Peter
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Oral interpretation
Subject:
Readers' theater
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Philosophy of Literature
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Series:
New Directions in Aesthetics
Publication Date:
20081111
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9.00x5.90x.60 in. .60 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

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