The Materiality of Reading

  title={The Materiality of Reading},
  author={David Bleich},
  journal={New Literary History},
  pages={607 - 629}
  • D. Bleich
  • Published 30 November 2006
  • Art, Psychology
  • New Literary History
Reading and other meditative activities affect bodily functions and feelings because reading is a material practice. Its social forms derive from the materiality of language, a perspective derived from the Nominalist tradition that has been recently reread by Wittgenstein, Austin, Bakhtin, Whorf, Kristeva, Derrida, and others. In this sense of reading and interpretation, abstractions and generalizations are provisional, applicable in local and instrumental contexts rather than as scientific… 
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