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Modern Print Artefacts: Textual Materiality and Literary Value in British Print Culture, 1890-1930s

Patrick Collier
Format
Book
Published
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2016]
Language
English
Series
Edinburgh Critical Studies in Modernist Culture
ISBN
9781474413473, 1474413471, 9781474413480, 9781474413497
Summary
This study focuses on the close connections between literary value and the materiality of popular print artefacts in Britain from 1890-1930. The book demonstrates that the materiality of print objects - paper quality, typography, spatial layout, use of illustrations, etc. - became uniquely visible and significant in these years, as a result of a widely perceived crisis in literary valuation. In a set of case studies, it analyses the relations between literary value, meaning, and textual materiality in print artefacts such as newspapers, magazines, and book genres - artefacts that gave form to both literary works and the journalistic content (critical essays, book reviews, celebrity profiles, and advertising) through which conflicting conceptions of literature took shape. In the process, it corrects two available misperceptions about reading in the period: that books were the default mode of reading, and that experimental modernism was the sole literary aesthetic that could usefully represent modern life.
Description
viii, 262 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-253) and index.
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