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Abstract and Keywords
This essay explores repeat reading from several different angles. It considers the way some readers found their cultural capital on being re-readers of the classics while considering others for whom re-reading is compensation for poor memory or failure to properly grasp a text’s meaning the first time. Invoking cases from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century, it considers the change that digital reading has made to our revisiting of text, and the way that book ownership figures in the practice of re-reading. Its final examples involve the re-reading at work in viewing video in Ali Smith’s How to be Both and Alison Bechdel’s rewriting of Proust.
Christina Lupton is Professor and Head of the Institute of Modern Languages at the University of Copenhagen. She writes on book and media history, eighteenth-century literature, and twentieth-century literary and social theory, and is the author of Reading and the Making of Time in the Eighteenth Century (2018).
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