The Performance of Reading: An Essay in the Philosophy of Literature
September 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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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.
- 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.