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Benjamin Bennett

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229161

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823229161.001.0001

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. Poems, Myths, and the Advent of Modern Reading

. Poems, Myths, and the Advent of Modern Reading

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(p.44) 2. Poems, Myths, and the Advent of Modern Reading
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The Dark Side of Literacy
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Benjamin Bennett

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823229161.003.0003

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

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