Synaesthesia, silent reading and perspective

April 6, 2011

Response to Reading #5

The most provocative ideas from this reading are its focus on synaesthesia, silent reading and perspective. By examining the overlap and intertwining of the senses, reading becomes a vastly sensory phenomenon of experiential analyses. Our eyes and ears are brought together by visible marks and sound which link us to deeper apprehension of text. Silent reading is common in our society today but it is interesting trace reading in its history as not silent as reading mostly occurred out loud. Now we live in a society where most can internalize sounds while reading. The passage of the stranger learning how to ride a bicycle for the first time conveys the idea of taking perspective. Putting ourselves in the cyclists’ position and allowing us to feel what others feel is a “magical participation” which is also initiated by synaesthesia. This sort of “power” is one which is necessary for understanding literacy and its perceptual effects.

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