Essay, essaying, essayism and the experience of reading

  1. Teresa Bruś ORCiD: 0000-0003-2845-7195


Essay, essaying, essayism and the experience of reading


The paper proposes to engage questions of essayistic ways of embracing the experience of reading in Michel Montaigne, Virginia Woolf, and Elizabeth Bowen. A presentation of the essayists’ personal and critical staging of experience of reading reveals integrational, polyphonic relations inscribed in reading experience in which books and words mean more than they say. Essaying especially childhood books, the authors acknowledge being essayed by them. Reading for these readers, readers who admit they spent their lives in the “orgy of reading,” is always an intersubjective experience related to living, re-reading and reviving memories of previous readings and feelings connected with them. I argue after Korhonen that such projects betray a strong desire for “ultimate fullness of experience” and an “imaginary personal satisfaction.”

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Kształcenie Językowe

9 (19), 2011

Pages from 69 to 80

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