The Printed Book in Contemporary American Culture: Medium; Object; Metaphor

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Heike Schaefer, Alexander Starre


Palgrave Macmillan




277 pages









Book Description

This research project, titled “The Printed Book in Contemporary American Culture” (PDF), investigates the cultural roles that printed books play in today’s modern American society. It investigates how people’s perspectives on books and how they read them have changed in light of the digital revolution that has taken place in the culture of American media. These essays, which are located at the intersection of American studies, book studies, literary studies, and media studies, demonstrate that a sustained concentration on the medial and material formats of literary communication significantly expands our typical approaches to the field of cultural studies. This interdisciplinary volume introduces readers to current transatlantic conversations on the history and the future of the printed book by addressing the changing roles of publishers, authors, and readers while also covering multiple bookish formats such as experimental fiction, artists’ books, bestselling novels, and zines.


“In an era where there are flourishing reading environments, what function does the printed book serve?” The essays that were collected by Heike Schaefer and Alexander Starre perform a brilliant search of the book’s materiality in an increasingly complex media ecology. These essays demonstrate the ways in which the codex of today both contributes to and appears from a shifting economic and cultural landscape. Along the way, the reader is prompted to consider how a method of “medial close reading” may create new opportunities and forge new connections across disciplines such as comparative literature and American studies, as well as media studies and book history. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Professor of English and Director of the Digital Humanities at Michigan State University in the United States of America

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Table of contents

Table of contents :
Front Matter ….Pages i-xv
Front Matter ….Pages 1-1
The Printed Book, Contemporary Media Culture, and American Studies (Heike Schaefer, Alexander Starre)….Pages 3-28
Front Matter ….Pages 29-29
The Books That Count: Big Data Versus Narrative in Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore and Joshua Cohen’s Book of Numbers (Regina Schober)….Pages 31-51
US Print Culture, Literary Narrative, and Slow Reading in the Age of Big Data: Steve Tomasula’s VAS: An Opera in Flatland (Antje Kley)….Pages 53-67
“Books and Books and Books … an Oasis of the Forbidden”: Writing and Print Culture as Metaphor and Medium for Survival in Margaret Atwood’s Novel The Handmaid’s Tale (Reingard M. Nischik)….Pages 69-86
Zines in the Library: Underground Communication and the Property Regimes of Book Culture (Janice Radway)….Pages 87-113
Front Matter ….Pages 115-115
The Book Between Media Convergence, Media Specificity, and Diverse Reading Communities in Present-Day US Culture (Christoph Bläsi)….Pages 117-137
Michael Cunningham’s The Hours: Homage to the Book in a Time of Media Transformation (Aleida Assmann)….Pages 139-154
“There’s Nothing Quite Like a Real Book”: Stop-Motion Bookishness (Jessica Pressman)….Pages 155-176
Front Matter ….Pages 177-177
Remediation, Oral Storytelling, and the Printed Book: The Stylistic Strategies of Mark Z. Danielewski’s The Fifty Year Sword (Alison Gibbons)….Pages 179-202
Book Design as Literary Strategy: Aka Morchiladze’s Novel Santa Esperanza and Its Poetics of Playful Storytelling (Monika Schmitz-Emans)….Pages 203-226
Authorial Impression and Remediation in Anne Carson’s Quasi-Artist’s Book Nox (Kiene Brillenburg Wurth)….Pages 227-251
Front Matter ….Pages 253-253
The Storied Book (Garrett Stewart)….Pages 255-264
Back Matter ….Pages 265-277


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