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Babette Hellemans (Faculty of Arts)

Babette Hellemans

Reading Fast and Slow

The ability to read and to reflect is central to all academic training. However, today's predominance of speed in the modern use of media forces us to "scan" texts rather than to reflect on their meaning. Yet words have not only a definition but also primary qualities such as rhythm, complexity and sound. Slow reading is a sensory part of the experience of reading and helps to reflect on the different possibilities of interpretation. Increasing speed while technically being able to process words misses the point of why one reads at all. It also fails to achieve mental improvement such as listening to the text and the skill of making longer phrases in writing that reflect the complexities of life and thought. This project explores the differences between fast and slow reading. It especially focuses on how slow reading skills help students in improving their reflective potential and thus, hopefully, to become more reflective human beings.

Last modified:16 October 2017 11.24 a.m.