What is reading; what can it do; and can we imagine a hermeneutics beyond suspicion? This brief essay meditates on the possibilities of what might be called a hermeneutics of susceptibility that can accommodate our ideological and aesthetic complicity in any act of reading while still understanding the political risks and gains of such acknowledgment. This is also an argument about how we read surfaces: the surfaces of texts, bodies, and objects.
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Anne Anlin Cheng; The Wayward Life of Objects. Novel 1 May 2012; 45 (1): 3–5. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00295132-1541279
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