Theories of Reading by Karin Littau
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Theories of Reading
By Karin Littau

Theories of Reading

Books, Bodies, and Bibliomania

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Theories of Reading by Karin Littau

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Why do literary theorists see reading as an act of dispassionate textual analysis and meaning production, when historical evidence shows that readers have often read excessively, obsessively, and for sensory stimulation? Posing these and other questions, this is the first major work to bring insights from book history to bear on literary history and theory. In so doing, the book charts a compelling and innovative history of theories of reading. While literary theorists have greatly contributed to our understanding of the text-reader relation, they have rarely taken into account that the relation between a book and a reader is also a relation between two bodies: one made of paper and ink, the other flesh and blood. This is why, Karin Littau argues, we need to look beyond the words on the page, and pay attention to the technical innovations in the physical format of the book. Only then is it possible to understand more fully how media technology has changed our experience of reading, and why media history presents a challenge to our conceptions of what reading is. Each chapter places the reader in specific disciplinary and historical contexts: literature, criticism, philosophy, cultural history, bibliography, film, new media. Overall, the history recounted in this book points to a split between modern literary study which regards reading as a reducibly mental activity, and a tradition reaching back to antiquity which assumed that reading was not only about sense-making but also about sensation. Theories of Reading: Books, Bodies and Bibliomania will be essential reading for all students and scholars of literary theory and history as well as of great interest to students of the history of the book and new media.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780745616599
ISBN-10: 0745616593
Format: Paperback
(227mm x 154mm x 16mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 19-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Karin Littau

Karin Littau, Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Film, University of Essex

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