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The Traveler, the Tower, and the Worm

The Reader as Metaphor


Συγγραφέας: Manguel Alberto
Εκδότης: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812245233
Σειρά βιβλίου: Material Texts
Αριθμός Σελίδων: 144
Διαστάσεις: 22x2x14
Έτος Έκδοσης: 2013

Σύνοψη του βιβλίου "The Traveler, the Tower, and the Worm"

As far as one can tell, human beings are the only species for which the world seems made up of stories, Alberto Manguel writes. We read the book of the world in many guises: we may be travelers, advancing through its pages like pilgrims heading toward enlightenment. We may be recluses, withdrawing through our reading into our own ivory towers. Or we may devour our books like burrowing worms, not to benefit from the wisdom they contain but merely to stuff ourselves with countless words. With consummate grace and extraordinary breadth, the best-selling author of A History of Reading and The Library at Night considers the chain of metaphors that have described readers and their relationships to the text-that-is-the-world over a span of four millennia. In figures as familiar and diverse as the book-addled Don Quixote and the pilgrim Dante who carries us through the depths of hell up to the brilliance of heaven, as well as Prince Hamlet paralyzed by his learning, and Emma Bovary who mistakes what she has read for the life she might one day lead, Manguel charts the ways in which literary characters and their interpretations reflect both shifting attitudes toward readers and reading, and certain recurrent notions on the role of the intellectual: "We are reading creatures. We ingest words, we are made of words. . . . It is through words that we identify our reality and by means of words that we ourselves are identified."


Συγγραφέας/εις: Manguel Alberto
Κατηγορία: δοκίμια-μελέτες
Σειρά βιβλίου: Material Texts
ISBN: 9780812245233
Ημερ/νία έκδοσης: 21/06/2013
Εξώφυλλο: Hardback
Σελίδες: 144
Τόπος έκδοσης: Pennsylvania
Χώρα έκδοσης: United States
Βάρος βιβλίου: 340 gr
Διαστάσεις βιβλίου: 22x2x14 cm
Λεπτομέρειες εικονογράφησης: 19 illus.

Περιεχόμενα

Introduction Chapter 1. The Reader as Traveler: Reading as Recognition of the World Chapter 2. The Reader in the Ivory Tower: Reading as Alienation from the World Chapter 3. The Bookworm: The Reader as Inventor of the World Conclusion: Reading to Live Notes Acknowledgments

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