Christopher Grobe

Associate Professor, Amherst College

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On Book: The Performance of Reading

  • Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University 12 Quincy St Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)

a lecture for the Modernism Seminar

More than wormholes to a textual elsewhere, after all, books are also things to hand. ‘The relation a reader has to a book is also a relation between two bodies,’ Karin Littau reminds us, ‘paper and ink … flesh and blood.’ Bookish performance enacts this relation over time, heeling the reader roughly to the book’s material and textual demands.

copyright 2015, Christopher Grobe