The Performance of Reading: An Essay in the Philosophy of Literature

The Performance of Reading: An Essay in the Philosophy of Literature

Author(s): Peter Kivy

Published Online: 11 FEB 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405146920

Online ISBN: 9780470776650

DOI: 10.1002/9780470776650

About this Book

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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