Reading and the Body

The Physical Practice of Reading

  • Authors
  • Thomas Mc Laughlin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Thomas Mc Laughlin
    Pages 1-42
  3. Thomas Mc Laughlin
    Pages 43-69
  4. Thomas Mc Laughlin
    Pages 71-108
  5. Thomas Mc Laughlin
    Pages 109-139
  6. Thomas Mc Laughlin
    Pages 141-162
  7. Thomas Mc Laughlin
    Pages 163-194
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 195-208

About this book


Literary theory has been dominated by a mind/body dualism that often eschews the role of the body in reading. Focusing on reading as a physical practice, McLaughlin analyzes the role of the eyes, the hands, postures and gestures, bodily habits and other physical spaces, with discussions ranging from James Joyce to the digital future of reading.


body corpus environment future hermeneutics literary theory mind social space space transformation

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Media & Culture Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-57057-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-52289-4
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