The Performance of Reading argues that there are distinctanalogies between "silent" reading and artistic performance, and sofashions the new role of the reader as performer.
- An original and insightful exploration of the act of reading bythe leading scholar in the field.
- Discusses the history of reading and the transitions fromreading aloud to reading silently, and the changing role ofliterature as communal, active experience to a more privateendeavor.
About the Author
Peter Kivy is Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University and a past president of the American Society for Aesthetics. He is author of The Possessor and the Possessed: Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and the Idea of Musical Genius (2001), New Essays on Musical Understanding (2001), and Introduction to a Philosophy of Music (2002), and editor of The Blackwell Guide to Aesthetics (Blackwell, 2004).
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The Performance of Reading.
What People are Saying About This
"Peter Kivy is probably the most respected aesthetician currentlyactive in the English-speaking philosophical world, and this bookis a wholly typical Kivy product, informed by his deep knowledge ofmusic, literature and the history of philosophy from Plato throughthe 18th century to the present day, and written with hischaracteristic clarity, charm, and dry wit."—Gary Iseminger, Carleton College
"In his new book, Peter Kivy has opened a new domain ofphilosophical discussion. The Performance of Reading is sureto have the leading journals of aesthetics buzzing with debate, andwill also attract and repay the close attention of literarytheorists."—Noël Carroll, Temple University
"Kivy develops his striking thesis with characteristic elegance,flair and ingenuity. The Performance of Reading is original,provocative, and bound to generate debate."—Alex Neill, University of Southampton