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Timely reading : between exegesis and interpretation /
Susan Noakes.
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Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1988.
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xv, 249 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0801421446 (alk. paper)
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Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1988.
isbn
0801421446 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
295781
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-03:
Noakes articulates a model of the reading process in order to explore the temporality of all reading and the ways in which procedures of reading sometimes suppress awareness of their own temporality. She elaborates and substantiates the implications of this model by examining the images of reading and the reader as dramatized in the works of Dante, Boccaccio, Christine de Pizan, Nerval, and Baudelaire. The differences she brings out in the ideological, material, and institutional aspects of reading during different historical moments help produce what are provocative and innovative readings of some of the major texts of the 14th and 19th centuries. Noakes accomplishes these readings by acutely questioning the traditional dichotomy between exegesis that underscores a text's temporal distance from the reader and interpretation that underscores their closeness. She demonstrates that a more adequate characterization of the temporality of reading is to be obtained, not through this dichotomy, but through a grasp of the relations between exegesis and interpretation. These relations, she convincingly shows, do not remain stable and fixed forever, but rather undergo change through the course of literary history, and are crucial to reading literary texts. A valuable contribution to the complex relations between literary exegesis and interpretation. Levels: graduate and upper-division undergraduate. -S. Raval, University of Arizona
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