Digital Literacy: From Embodied to E-bodied Reading Experience


According to the approach of Embodied Reading (Malafouris, 2013; Mangen & Schilhab, 2012) the reading body and the reading brain get into a dynamic interaction with the pure materiality of the medium. During reading, this interaction of the Body-Brain-Medium Triad creates a complex reading experience, which “depends on direct experiences in the moment as well as in the past” (Schilhab, Balling & Kuzmičová, 2018). It could lead to reading engagement or even to Flow (Csíkszentmihályi, 2022). What are the consequences concerning the reading experience if we change one component or feature of the Triad, as we have been doing for a while in the case of the medium? Presumably, changing the reading platform from hardcopies to screens requires different physical interactions with the medium and, consequently, with the brain. Could this change result in the same Multisensory Experience (Sanchez, Dingler, Gu & Kunze, 2016), the same Embodied Reading, engagement, or Flow as in the case of traditional reading, and must it result in them at all? Some researchers warn of “the danger of superficiality and shallowness” (Nyíri, 2022, p.1) of screen reading that goes against a complex reading experience. Others suggest going further in screen reading and creating the digital embodied reading experience with the genre of video essays (Sabatino & Pisapia, 2022). In my paper, I take a stand in this debate and show how critical it is to understand the effect of the medium and the E-bodied Reading Experience in the future of reading.

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Krisztina Szabó, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

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Conference: ECE2023
Stream: Learning Experiences

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Szabó K. (2023) Digital Literacy: From Embodied to E-bodied Reading Experience ISSN: 2188-1162 The European Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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