Michel de Certeau says that reading is a form of poaching. One cannot help but to appropriate a text by reading it, to insert oneself into it, like living in a rented apartment.

Yesterday I was reading excerpts of Northrup Frye on Google Books (and for the first time I marveled over his name, despite the fact that I’ve read his work before yesterday, thinking how could one be anything but a scholar with a name like that…? I also didn’t know, or it didn’t register, that he was a Canadian. Living in Canada now, I seem to be ultra-sensitive to all things Canadian). I was reading his work about Yeats and Spengler and myth and stories/history.

Jenny Sunden has this to say about bodies in text, in virtual space, in language: “Internet is often presented as a disembodied medium, a space in which bodies have ceased to matter. Even though our bodies are intimately related to who we are, how we experience ourselves, the dream of transcending this body and achieving immortality persists and is now being remapped in virtual worlds. N. Katherine Hayles, in her article “Embodied Virtuality: Or how to put bodies back into the picture,” argues that the notion of disembodiment in virtual space overshadows the importance of the body in the very construction of cyberspace. The paradox that creates the illusion of inhabiting a world far beyond a material body is evident: When the body is completely separated from its representation on the screen and seen as pure ‘information’, its physical erasure becomes possible. Hayles’s attempt to reintroduce the body in this picture disrupts the simple dualisms (mind/body, computer/organism, male/female) that allow its erasure without underestimating the power of these dualisms in the creation of cultural representations.”

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