Reflections on the meaning of the book, beginning with its physicality: instrument or fetish?

Alessandra Pozzi

Abstract


Questioning the meaning of the book as an object today, when faced with the use of digital and multimedia devices, also entails reasoning about the meaning attributed to the physicality of the encounter with a paper object. In this sense, the book is not only represented as an “instrument” for accessing knowledge, but also as an object that implies forms of “ritual” and reflections on the concept of “sacredness”, until it becomes almost a “fetish” (therefore profane) involved in the construction of the Self and symbolically a sign of  “late modernity”.


Keywords


Book as object; Practice of reading and writing; Fetish

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13136/isr.v1i2.17

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