Chapter 8. Self-Defining Reading: Literature and the Constitution of Personhood

  1. Garry L. Hagberg Chair1 and
  2. Walter Jost Professor of English2
  1. Garry L. Hagberg Chair

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315592.ch8

A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature

A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature

How to Cite

Hagberg, G. L. (2010) Self-Defining Reading: Literature and the Constitution of Personhood, in A Companion to the Philosophy of Literature (eds G. L. Hagberg and W. Jost), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315592.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of East Anglia, UK

  2. 2

    University of Virginia, USA

Author Information

  1. University of East Anglia, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405141703

Online ISBN: 9781444315592

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Keywords:

  • self-defining reading, literature and constitution of personhood;
  • we who underwent the literary experience;
  • strong presumption of identity-fixity across time;
  • “The Textually Cultivated ‘I’ - Making up One's Mind”;
  • possible selves and webs of belief;
  • private or self-directed soliloquy or silent thought to oneself;
  • metaphorical identification and self-individuation;
  • relation between reader and literary text - metaphorical in structure

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Possible Selves and Webs of Belief

  • The Textually Cultivated “I”: Making up One's Mind

  • Metaphorical Identification and Self-Individuation