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2/2019

LVI (New Series: XII)
Issued: September 2019
Biannual
Founded: 1964
Re-established as an international journal: 2008
ISSN: 0014-1291 (Print)
ISSN: 2571-0915 (On-line)
Language: English

Novels in the Everyday: An Aesthetic Investigation

http://aesthetics.ff.cuni.cz/archive/536/novels-in-the-everyday-an-aesthetic-investigation

 

Everyday aestheticians have had relatively little to say about literature. Inspired by Peter Kivy’s philosophy of literature as laid out in his books The Performance of Reading and Once-Told Tales, I examine reading literature as a part of everyday life. I argue that not only do Kivy’s views help explain the value that avid readers place on their daily silent engagement with a book, but that his philosophy of literature also shows how literary works can have an aesthetic presence in our everyday lives even during periods in-between reading a book. In light of the paper, literary reading turns out to be an artistic routine that fills avid readers’ everyday lives in a very literal sense.