Conferenza ART - Kalle Puolakka - Helsinki
ART (Aesthetics Research Torino) Philosophical Seminar
Dr. Kalle Puolakka
(University of Helsinky)
April, 27. h 6pm
Varieties of Intimacy in Literary Reading
While numerous descriptions by literary researchers, readers, authors, and philosophers on the feeling of intimacy they have sensed in literary reading can be found, new angles can still be brought to bear on this issue. This paper develops an account of the intimacy of literary reading based on three concepts: silent performance, routine, and authorial trust. By combining an interpretation of the history of silent reading with an understanding of literary reading as a particular kind of performance, I show, in the first part of the paper, how a focus on some internal qualities of reading helps to understand its intimate nature. The picture of the intimacy of literary reading emerging from this account is then complemented with a look at the role of routines in our reading lives and of the sense of trust readers can sometimes feel toward authors. All these aspects of literary reading contribute, in different ways, to the sense of intimacy literary reading can involve. The paper ends with a few observations on the state of this intimate experiential sphere in the increasingly digitalizing world.
Kalle Puolakka received his PhD from the University of Helsinki in 2009 and he currently works as a researcher of aesthetics at the same university. He has also been a visiting researcher at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study and the University of Murcia. His research interests include philosophy of interpretation, philosophy of literature, philosophy of music, Dewey’s aesthetics, and everyday aesthetics. Along with the book Relativism and Intentionalism in Interpretation. Davidson, Hermeneutics, and Pragmatism (Lexington Books, 2011), he has published articles in such journals as The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, the British Journal of Aesthetics, Contemporary Aesthetics, Estetika, and the International Journal of Philosophical Studies. He is also the former secretary of The European Society for Aesthetics (2013–2018).
ART (Aesthetics Research Torino) is a periodic philosophical seminar organized by the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences of the University of Turin and the PhD Program FINO.
Prof. Alessandro Bertinetto (University of Turin).
Prof. Federico Vercellone (University of Turin).
Prof. Carlo Serra (University of Turin/University of Calabria)
Dr. Alberto Martinengo (University of Turin)
Dr. Paolo Furia (University of Turin).
Dr. Lisa Giombini (University Rome 3).
Dr. Gregorio Tenti (FINO Doctoral School).
Dr. Francesca Perotto (FINO Doctoral School)
Dr. Francesca Monateri (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)
Dr. Ivan Quartesan (FINO Doctoral School)
Dr. Amalia Salvestrini (PhD FINO Doctoral School)
Dr. Leonardo Pietropaolo (Università di Torino)
ART addresses different topics of the contemporary debate in Aesthetics: philosophy of beauty, philosophy of the arts, theory of sensory experience, philosophy of image and imagination, and history of aesthetics.
ART is supported by:
Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca sulla Morfologia Francesco Moiso (CIM)
Centro Studi Arti della Modernità