Ventriloquism and the Self in the Poetry Reading
This chapter starts by asking who speaks, who listens, and who reads. It also states that far from being incidental, the instrumental language of an absent subject has created a pervasive tone. From professional jargons to street languages, people everywhere perpetually stylize their use of language but this dynamic of linguistic innovation take on new qualities of social resistance. Many formal features of the text are only barely audible in an oral presentation, for instance in terms of the shape of lines, stanzas, or paragraphs on the page. The presentation of personality represents the particular element of all open readings that separates it from nearly all other like public performances in our society.
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