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Alberto Manguel: Transmigrations of Reading
“... the meaning of a text is enlarged by the reader's capabilities and desires. Faced with a text, the reader can transform the words into a message that decipehrs for him or her a question historically unrelated to the text itself or to its author. This transmigration of meaning can enlarge or impoverish the text itself; invariably it imbues the text with the circumstancs of the reader. Through ignorance, through faith, through intelligence, through trickery and cunning, through illumination, the reader rewrites the text with the same words of the original but under another heading, re-creating it, as it were, in the very act of bringing it into being.”
—From “A History of Reading” (1996)

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