Reading as Mind Control

This is What it Shall Mean

Here is a handmade response to “Forbidden Reading” in Alberto Manguel’s A History of Reading. In this chapter, Manguel surveys the history of censorship and the control of meaning by authoritarian powers.  

A nice concluding sentence of this chapter:

“Every reader makes up readings, which is not the same as lying; but every reader can also lie, wilfully declaring the text subservient to a doctrine, to an arbitrary law, to a private advantage, to the rights of slave owners or the authority of tyrants” (288).