Readings/Writings

Readings/Writings

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The erotics of reading for me-its moments of trembling pleasure-lie in those times when I realise that what I am reading is just what I was about to say. Reading is a dance on the beaches of the mind, writes Greg Dening. His reading-dances are about the pain of cross-cultural encounters, of loomings beyond the horizons of discipline, gender and race, of the pleasures of a hundred texts. In Readings/Writings his aim is to cultivate our imaginations so that we might see further, understand more deeply and hear more acutely. This book opens with Dening's extraordinary piece, 'Memorial', a deeply moving reading of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. The V-shaped, angled, polished, black stone wall bears nothing but the names of the thousands of American servicemen who died in the Vietnam War. Dening's profound yet lucid reflections on the meanings contained in this stark, simple memorial set the tone for the book. The subjects providing the matter for Dening s reflections are varied indeed. Dance with him as he writes of Paul Gauguin's painting Riders on the Beach; of Vasco de Balboa standing in the tidal mud of the Gulf of San Miguel andshow more

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  • Hardback | 235 pages
  • 132.1 x 200.7 x 22.9mm | 249.48g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522848419
  • 9780522848410
  • 1,099,747

About Greg Dening

Greg Dening is Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research at the Australian National University, Canberra. His many books include Mr Bligh s Bad Language, acclaimed as 'magical realism'; The Death of William Gooch, a 'fascinating combination of narrative history, personal reflections and critical "after-meditation" '; Performances, full of 'mystery and allure'.show more

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