Reading and the Body: The Physical Practice of Reading

Thomas Mc Laughlin

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Synopsis: Throughout the years, literary theory has been dominated by a mind/body dualism, often dismissing the role of the body in reading. Challenging these assumptions, Reading and the Body focuses on reading as a physical practice. In addition to analyzing the role of the eyes, the hands, postures and gestures, bodily habits, and physical spaces in the act of reading, Thomas Mc Laughlin speculates on the implications of this embodiment for the interpretive process. The practice of reading imposes strict physical disciplines on the body, but it also encourages intelligent adaptations and improvisations that mark each reader as a unique reading body. The movement from the codex to the hypertext has created new challenges and opportunities for the reading body, which must now be more adaptable and improvisatory than ever in order to interact with new material forms of textuality. By focusing on specific physical habits and procedures, Reading and the Body reframes our understanding of hermeneutics as an achievement of the human body.

About the Author: Thomas Mc Laughlin is Professor of English at Appalachian State University, USA. He is the author of Street Smarts and Critical Theory: Listening to the Vernacular and the editor of Critical Terms for Literary Study (with Frank Lentricchia).

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Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Date: 2015
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