Texts as Slaves

 Reading the Future

Here’s a handmade response to Alberto Manguel’s chapter titled “Reading the Future” in A History of Reading.  In this chapter, Manguel scans the history of textual divination; that is, the use of texts to substantiate prophesy and power.

He writes, “Faced with a text, the reader can transform the words into a meaning that deciphers for him or her a question historically unrelated to the text itself or the author  This transmigration of the text with the circumstances of the reader can enlarge or impoverish the text itself; invariably it imbues the text with the circumstances of the reader” (211).