|• Where should we start with thinking about how we read?|
|• What is the intrinsic attitude?|
|• What is the extrinsic attitude?|
It can be very daunting to realise that there’s an infinite number of ways you can read. If you’re told to explore different methods of interpretation, challenge your presuppositions and think about how you read, where are you supposed to start? A step towards understanding is to look for patterns in the way these critical approaches work. In this chapter I shall outline one such pattern.
If you look at a painting, are you looking through a window to another world or are you simply looking at the composition of colour and shape on a flat canvas? If you see a painting as a window, you might be concerned with what is going on behind the window: who the people are, say, and why they had their picture painted. You might ask about the historical significance of, for example, the skull on the shelf or even why the painter chose that particular subject in the first