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New Directions in Book History

The Printed Book in Contemporary American Culture

Medium, Object, Metaphor

Editors: Schaefer, Heike, Starre, Alexander (Eds.)

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  • Studies the printed book as an object and experimental medium
  • Considers the latest technological changes in digital publishing
  • Views American book culture as a testing ground for future forms and media ecosystems
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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.

About the authors

Heike Schaefer is Professor of North American Literature and Culture at the University of Education Karlsruhe, Germany. She is the author of American Literature and Immediacy: Literary Innovation and the Emergence of Photography, Film, and Television (2019) and Mary Austin’s Regionalism (2004) and co-editor of Network Theory and American Studies (2015) and Literary Knowledge Production and the Life Sciences (2017).

Alexander Starre is Assistant Professor of North American Culture at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. He is the author of Metamedia: American Book Fictions and Literary Print Culture after Digitization (2015) and co-editor of Projecting American Studies: Essays on Theory, Method, and Practice (2018).


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“What purpose does the printed book serve in an age of proliferating reading environments? The essays assembled by Heike Schaefer and Alexander Starre brilliantly explore the book’s materiality in an increasingly complex media ecology, illustrating the ways that today’s codex both contributes to and emerges from a shifting cultural and economic landscape. Along the way, the reader is encouraged to consider how a mode of ‘medial close reading’ might open new space and forge new connections among fields including comparative literature and American studies, as well as book history and media studies.” (Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English, Michigan State University, USA)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • The Printed Book, Contemporary Media Culture, and American Studies

    Pages 3-28

    Schaefer, Heike (et al.)

  • 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

    Pages 31-51

    Schober, Regina

  • US Print Culture, Literary Narrative, and Slow Reading in the Age of Big Data: Steve Tomasula’s VAS: An Opera in Flatland

    Pages 53-67

    Kley, Antje

  • “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

    Pages 69-86

    Nischik, Reingard M.

  • Zines in the Library: Underground Communication and the Property Regimes of Book Culture

    Pages 87-113

    Radway, Janice

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-22545-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-22544-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Printed Book in Contemporary American Culture
Book Subtitle
Medium, Object, Metaphor
Editors
  • Heike Schaefer
  • Alexander Starre
Series Title
New Directions in Book History
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-22545-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-22545-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-22544-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 277
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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