Book Presence in a Digital Age

Book Presence in a Digital Age

in the digital age. John Hamilton's “Pagina Abscondita: Reading in the Book's Wake” and Garrett Stewart's “From Codex to Codecs” critically and consistently analyze current de-/manifestations of the book as not an anachronistic ...

Author: Kiene Brillenburg Wurth

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781501321207

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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Contrary to the apocalyptic pronouncements of paper media's imminent demise in the digital age, there has been a veritable surge of creative reimaginings of books as bearers of the literary. From typographic experiments (Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves, Steven Hall's The Raw Shark Texts) to accordion books (Anne Carson's Nox), from cut ups (Jonathan Safran Foer's Tree of Codes) to collages (Graham Rawle's Woman's World), from erasures (Mary Ruefle's A Little White Shadow) to mixups (Simon Morris's The Interpretations of Dreams), print literature has gone through anything but a slow, inevitable death. In fact, it has re-invented itself materially. Starting from this idea of media plurality, Book Presence in a Digital Age explores the resilience of print literatures, book art, and zines in the late age of print from a contemporary perspective, while incorporating longer-term views on media archeology and media change. Even as it focuses on the materiality of books and literary writing in the present, Book Presence also takes into consideration earlier 20th-century "moments" of media transition, developing the concepts of presence and materiality as analytical tools to perform literary criticism in a digital age. Bringing together leading scholars, artists, and publishers, Book Presence in a Digital Age offers a variety of perspectives on the past, present, and future of the book as medium, the complex relationship of materiality to virtuality, and of the analog to the digital.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Refresh the Book

Refresh the Book

See also the recent collection of essays that she coedited alongside Kiene Brillenburg Wurth and Kári Driscoll in 2018: Book Presence in a Digital Age (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). Octave Uzanne, 'La fin des livres', ...

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Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004443556

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 530

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Refresh the Book discusses the changing perceptions, functions, forms, as well as literary and artistic potential of the book in the digital age.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Bookishness

Bookishness

In Bookishness, Jessica Pressman examines the new status of the book as object and symbol.

Author: Jessica Pressman

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231551199

Category: Literary Criticism

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Twenty-first-century culture is obsessed with books. In a time when many voices have joined to predict the death of print, books continue to resurface in new and unexpected ways. From the proliferation of “shelfies” to Jane Austen–themed leggings and from decorative pillows printed with beloved book covers to bookwork sculptures exhibited in prestigious collections, books are everywhere and are not just for reading. Writers have caught up with this trend: many contemporary novels depict books as central characters or fetishize paper and print thematically and formally. In Bookishness, Jessica Pressman examines the new status of the book as object and symbol. She explores the rise of “bookishness” as an identity and an aesthetic strategy that proliferates from store-window décor to experimental writing. Ranging from literature to kitsch objects, stop-motion animation films to book design, Pressman considers the multivalent meanings of books in contemporary culture. Books can represent shelter from—or a weapon against—the dangers of the digital; they can act as memorials and express a sense of loss. Examining the works of writers such as Jonathan Safran Foer, Jennifer Egan, Mark Z. Danielewski, and Leanne Shapton, Pressman illuminates the status of the book as a fetish object and its significance for understanding contemporary fakery. Bringing together media studies, book history, and literary criticism, Bookishness explains how books still give meaning to our lives in a digital age.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Book Text Medium

Book  Text  Medium

Book presence in a digital age? Posited – and so posed – as a question, and if we mean by book the traditional codex, one answer has to be (at least technically, if not statistically) “vestigial.” For a rooting assumption of this ...

Author: Garrett Stewart

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108892551

Category: Literary Criticism

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Book, Text, Medium: Cross Sectional Reading for a Digital Age utilizes codex history, close reading, and language philosophy to assess the transformative arc between medieval books and today's e-books. It examines what happens to the reading experience in the twenty-first century when the original concept of a book is still held in the mind of a reader, if no longer in the reader's hand. Leading critic Garrett Stewart explores the play of mediation more generally, as the concept of book moves from a manufactured object to simply the language it puts into circulation. Framed by digital poetics, phonorobotics, and the rising popularity of audiobooks, this study sheds new light on both the history of reading and the negation of legible print in conceptual book art.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Book Presence in a Digital Age

Book Presence in a Digital Age

Part 1: Theory and overview -- Part 2: Media changes and materiality -- Part 3: Conceptual possibilities of the book.

Author: Kiene Brillenburg Wurth

Publisher:

ISBN: 1501321218

Category: LITERARY CRITICISM

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Contrary to the apocalyptic pronouncements of paper media's imminent demise, there has been a veritable surge of creative reimaginings of books as bearers of the literary. From typographic experiments (Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves, Steven Hall's The Raw Shark Texts) to accordion books (Anne Carson's Nox), from cut ups (Jonathan Safran Foer's Tree of Codes) to collages (Graham Rawle's Woman's World), from erasures (Mary Ruefle's A Little White Shadow) to mixups (Simon Morris's The Interpretations of Dreams), print literature has gone through anything but a slow, inevitable death. In fact, it has re-invented itself materially. Starting from this idea of media plurality, Book Presence in a Digital Age explores the resilience of print literatures, book art, and zines in the late age of print. It does so within both a contemporary and a historical perspective: even as it focuses on the materiality of books as literary writing in the present, it considers these present developments in the light of earlier "moments" of media transition: from the invention of the printing press to the gramophone, radio, and the movies, the future of the book has been called into question since the early modern era. Bringing together leading scholars, artists, and publishers, Book Presence in a Digital Age offers a variety of perspectives on the past, present, and future of the book as medium, the complex relationship of materiality to virtuality, and of the analog to the digital.
Categories: LITERARY CRITICISM

The Printed Book in Contemporary American Culture

The Printed Book in Contemporary American Culture

She recently completed her second book, Spiderweb, Labyrinth, Tightrope Walk: Networks in US American Literature and Culture. ... 2012) and Book Presence in a Digital Age (with Kári Driscoll and Jessica Pressman; Bloomsbury, 2018).

Author: Heike Schaefer

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030225452

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 277

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This essay collection explores the cultural functions the printed book performs in the digital age. It examines how the use of and attitude toward the book form have changed in light of the digital transformation of American media culture. Situated at the crossroads of American studies, literary studies, book studies, and media studies, these essays show that a sustained focus on the medial and material formats of literary communication significantly expands our accustomed ways of doing cultural studies. Addressing the changing roles of authors, publishers, and readers while covering multiple bookish formats such as artists’ books, bestselling novels, experimental fiction, and zines, this interdisciplinary volume introduces readers to current transatlantic conversations on the history and future of the printed book.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Death of Things

The Death of Things

But more pervasive and creative uses of digital publishing have led scholars to consider not only digitized books, but digital ones. In the introduction to Book Presence in the Digital Age, Kiene Brillenburg Wurth deftly surveys the ...

Author: Sarah Wasserman

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9781452964157

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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A comprehensive study of ephemera in twentieth-century literature—and its relevance to the twenty-first century “Nothing ever really disappears from the internet” has become a common warning of the digital age. But the twentieth century was filled with ephemera—items that were designed to disappear forever—and these objects played crucial roles in some of that century’s greatest works of literature. In The Death of Things, author Sarah Wasserman delivers the first comprehensive study addressing the role ephemera played in twentieth-century fiction and its relevance to contemporary digital culture. Representing the experience of perpetual change and loss, ephemera was central to great works by major novelists like Don DeLillo, Ralph Ellison, and Marilynne Robinson. Following the lives and deaths of objects, Wasserman imagines new uses of urban space, new forms of visibility for marginalized groups, and new conceptions of the marginal itself. She also inquires into present-day conundrums: our fascination with the durable, our concerns with the digital, and our curiosity about what new fictional narratives have to say about deletion and preservation. The Death of Things offers readers fascinating, original angles on how objects shape our world. Creating an alternate literary history of the twentieth century, Wasserman delivers an insightful and idiosyncratic journey through objects that were once vital but are now forgotten.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Consuming Music in the Digital Age

Consuming Music in the Digital Age

... mutual presence in modern societies. This book attempts to discuss issues of music consumption in the digital age of technologies which is increasingly characterized by the multiplicity of forms of material interactions with music.

Author: Raphaël Nowak

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137492562

Category: Music

Page: 167

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This book addresses the issue of music consumption in the digital era of technologies. It explores how individuals use music in the context of their everyday lives and how, in return, music acquires certain roles within everyday contexts and more broadly in their life narratives.
Categories: Music

Books in the Digital Age

Books in the Digital Age

They could move into this field, or expand their presence in it, without necessarily having to create an entirely new publishing operation (although some chose to create a new operation in order to concentrate skills and expertise in a ...

Author: John B. Thompson

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745634784

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 468

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The book publishing industry is going through a period of profound and turbulent change brought about in part by the digital revolution. What is the role of the book in an age preoccupied with computers and the internet? How has the book publishing industry been transformed by the economic and technological upheavals of recent years, and how is it likely to change in the future? This is the first major study of the book publishing industry in Britain and the United States for more than two decades. Thompson focuses on academic and higher education publishing and analyses the evolution of these sectors from 1980 to the present. He shows that each sector is characterized by its own distinctive ‘logic’ or dynamic of change, and that by reconstructing this logic we can understand the problems, challenges and opportunities faced by publishing firms today. He also shows that the digital revolution has had, and continues to have, a profound impact on the book publishing business, although the real impact of this revolution has little to do with the ebook scenarios imagined by many commentators. Books in the Digital Age will become a standard work on the publishing industry at the beginning of the 21st century. It will be of great interest to students taking courses in the sociology of culture, media and cultural studies, and publishing. It will also be of great value to professionals in the publishing industry, educators and policy makers, and to anyone interested in books and their future.
Categories: Business & Economics

Reading in the Digital Age Young Children s Experiences with E books

Reading in the Digital Age  Young Children   s Experiences with E books

Furthermore, research has suggested that the number of books (both digital and print) in the home influences academic achievement, with the presence of as little as 25–50 books enhancing test scores by up to a grade level (Evans et al.

Author: Ji Eun Kim

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030200770

Category: Education

Page: 296

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This edited book focuses on affordances and limitations of e-books for early language and literacy, features and design of e-books for early language and literacy, print versus e-books in early language and literacy development, and uses of and guidelines for how to use e-books in school and home literacy practices. Uniquely, this book includes critical reviews of diverse aspects of e-books (e.g., features) and e-book uses (e.g., independent reading) for early literacy as well as multiple examinations of e-books in home and school contexts using a variety of research methods and/or theoretical frames. The studies of children’s engagement with diverse types of e-books in different social contexts provide readers with a contemporary and comprehensive understanding of this topic. Research has demonstrated that ever-increasing numbers of children use digital devices as part of their daily routine. Yet, despite children’s frequent use of e-books from an early age, there is a limited understanding regarding how those e-books are actually being used at home and school. As more e-books become available, it is important to examine the educational benefits and limitations of different types of e-books for children. So far, studies on the topic have presented inconsistent findings regarding potential benefits and limitations of e-books for early literacy activities (e.g., independent reading, shared reading). The studies in this book aim to fill such gaps in the literature.
Categories: Education