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Reading: Novels in the Everyday: An Aesthetic Investigation


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Novels in the Everyday: An Aesthetic Investigation


Kalle Puolakka

Department of Philosophy, History, and Art Studies, University of Helsinki, P. O. Box 024, 00014 University of Helsinki, FI
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Everyday aestheticians have had relatively little to say about literature. Inspired by Peter Kivy’s philosophy of literature as laid out in his books The Performance of Reading and Once-Told Tales, I examine reading literature as a part of everyday life. I argue that not only do Kivy’s views help explain the value that avid readers place on their daily silent engagement with a book, but that his philosophy of literature also shows how literary works can have an aesthetic presence in our everyday lives even during periods in-between reading a book. In light of the paper, literary reading turns out to be an artistic routine that fills avid readers’ everyday lives in a very literal sense.
How to Cite: Puolakka, Kalle. “Novels in the Everyday: An Aesthetic Investigation”. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics 56, no. 2 (2019): 206–22. DOI:
Published on 01 Sep 2019.
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