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. Poems, Myths, and the Advent of Modern Reading

Benjamin Bennett

in The Dark Side of Literacy

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229161
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241002 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823229161.003.0003
. Poems, Myths, and the Advent of Modern Reading

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With the mind serving as fertile ground for person-centric as well as others' ideas and insights, reading becomes a strong avenue for creating, shaping, and altering perspectives. Decoding the multifaceted dynamics of reading and measuring how it enriches or influences the lives of readers necessitate a contextual distinction between novel (i.e., book) reading and literary reading. This chapter elucidates the relevance and influence of poems, ancient mythology, and modern reading in evaluating the impact of reading and that of actual text on readers' understanding. It details the ideologies purported by Johann Joachim Winckelmann and Friedrich Schlegel. Moreover, the chapter discusses the nature and repercussions of esoteric interests rooted in literature against those of contemporary communicative reading strategies with which the readership may more liberally associate.

Keywords: esoteric; modern reading; myths; poems; Schlegel; Winckelmann

Chapter.  16259 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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