[ilds] RG Justine 1.4 -- active reading & Justine

andy nampilot at cox.net
Sat Apr 21 14:10:25 PDT 2007



> Strange enough Bill they do something, even when they are lazy :) May be
> they give you a good feeling right now if you look at them :)And imagine
> you open them and read a first line.....
> Greetings with a smile

can books speak without being read?


> -----Original Message-----
> From: ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca [mailto:ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca] On
> Behalf Of william godshalk
> Sent: zaterdag 21 april 2007 21:19
> To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
> Subject: Re: [ilds] RG Justine 1.4 -- active reading & Justine
> 
> 
>>the book is there and says
>>something what is not only subjective and without being something
> stable
>>but in time.It does something , like a spirit of place, I guess even to
>>the author.
> 
> I think Stanley Fish would argue that the book (or narrative in the 
> book) is an artefact, and the reader is the archaeologist. The 
> artefact always needs to be interpreted by the archaeologist. The 
> creator of the artefact may have been changed in some way or ways by 
> the act of creation, but the book itself needs to be interpreted 
> before it can be said to do something.  You see I am in my library 
> surrounded by lazy books that refuse to do anything!! (That's 
> supposed to be a joke,)
> 
> Bill
> 
> 
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca [mailto:ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca] On
>>Behalf Of Bruce Redwine
>>Sent: dinsdag 17 april 2007 16:28
>>To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>>Subject: Re: [ilds] RG Justine 1.4 -- active reading & Justine
>>
>>Haag says it well, and I think he is right.  Credit goes to the author.
>>I do not think "active reading" elevates the reader/critic to the
> status
>>of the author.  The author has written the book, and the reader should
>>try to understand what the author is doing.  As to "multiple readings,"
>>multiple does not mean valid.  And I do not find reading a "passive"
>>activity.  It's hard.  Which may be one of the reasons films are
>>preferred nowadays.
>>
>>Bruce
>>
>>-----Original Message-----
>> >From: Michael Haag <michaelhaag at btinternet.com>
>> >Sent: Apr 16, 2007 5:37 PM
>> >To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>> >Subject: Re: [ilds] RG Justine 1.4 -- active reading & Justine
>> >
>> >My impression, reading Durrell, is that he is controlling his effects
>> >to a very high degree, and also controlling his reader.  That is very
>> >important to him, that he draws the reader in and manipulates him; by
>> >suckering the reader, it validates Durrell's attempt to alter
> reality.
>>
>> >Durrell is a magician who wants his audience to believe in his
>> >illusions so that he can believe in his illusions.  I do not believe
>> >for a moment that the reader is being thrown back on his own
> resources
>> >or is being encouraged to see anything that Durrell does not want him
>> >to see.
>> >
>> >:Michael
>> >
>> >
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