Monday, July 5, 2010

A Book of the Book presentation

I am thinking about the following possible topics for our tomorrow's discussion on A Book of the Book. There are plenty of interesting stuff to consider and reconsider while thinking on the timelessness of the book. Firstly, why is reading a book a performance? How can the concept of the "symposium of the whole" fit into our discussion on multiple writings? If writing is considered as a universal human constant, can we distinguish the beginning from the end? Is there an end? Since reading is a human activity, every person experiences entering a new book differently. How does then reading experience of prose and poetry differ? Is it different or not?
Reading and writing is considered as an act of performance. Can we then view a page as a space, a very active space? Like I said, a reader will decide how to read a book--vocalization comes into play. If we take the statement that "a book is more than the sum of its parts," what aspects of reading should the reader take into account most? Different cultural contexts can determine different readings as well. In North American society, the book is a central archetypal of culture and society. What does it say about the book itself and reading a book? What is the significance of a book?

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