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The Dark Side of LiteracyLiterature and Learning Not to Read$
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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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. Kleist, Kafka, and the Refutation of Reading

. Kleist, Kafka, and the Refutation of Reading

(p.264) 7. Kleist, Kafka, and the Refutation of Reading
The Dark Side of Literacy

Benjamin Bennett

Fordham University Press

Reading and analyzing Franz Kafka and Heinrich von Kleist have been perennial research undertakings in philology. This final chapter highlights the correlation between the practice of reading and one's impressionable or obstinate nature as he or she relates and commits his or her self to a certain text, consequently losing his or her own identity or guarding his or her objectivity, respectively. In addition, the chapter explains how one's reading experience is of a circumstantial spirit. The author succinctly claims that an ideal reader is one “...whose attention is focused on the text as experience, on the manner in which the text is passing through his mind here and now....” This categorization implies that a proactive reader should objectively and imaginatively integrate the text's meaning into his or her memory and perception.

Keywords:   circumstance, experience, Kafka, Kleist

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