The Late Age of Print

Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control

The Late Age of Print

Originally published: New York: Columbia University Press, 2009. With new preface.

Reimagining Textuality

Textual Studies in the Late Age of Print

Reimagining Textuality

What happens when, in the wake of postmodernism, the old enterprise of bibliography, textual criticism, or scholarly editing crosses paths and processes with visual and cultural studies? In Reimagining Textuality, major scholars map out in this volume a new discipline, drawing on and redirecting a host of subfields concerned with the production, distribution, reproduction, consumption, reception, archiving, editing, and sociology of texts.

The End of American Literature

Essays from the Late Age of Print

The End of American Literature

The End of American Literature explores the dynamics and stakes of the late age of print. A time when one day it seems like printed books and bookstores are on the decline, whereas on another it is ebooks and the digital utopia showing signs of slippage. The feeling that something is ending--not that something is beginning--is seen both in our prognostications on the fate of capitalism, democracy, and America as well as in declarations of the end of the book, literature, and theory. The essays here take up these timely topics not with a nostalgic nod to the past or utopian utterances to the future, but rather firmly situated in the expansiveness of the present.

Teaching/writing in the Late Age of Print

Teaching/writing in the Late Age of Print

Although several anthologies have collected articles on issues confronting composition studies, no other text looks at student writing as does Teaching/Writing in the Late Age of Print. No other volume has asked compositionists to use student writing to reflect on their teaching practices. No other volume has provided the rich breadth of response that reflects the current state of composition in the United States. And, no other volume has defined its primary task as portraying the diversity of the field through teaching practices as represented in student writing. Most important of all, no other volume has provided all course materials and supplemental documentation online as an integral part of such a project. There is a keyword refrence table that allows readers to read chapters based on key terms in the field like ""collaboration."" Each chapter begins with an abstract for easy reference. The companion website for this book includes a searchable database of all the chapter abstracts, assignments, excerpts from all contributions, extended course materials that help contextualize the printed chapters, and an online forum for teachers and researchers to meet and discuss their research interests.

Writing Space

Computers, Hypertext, and the Remediation of Print

Writing Space

This second edition of Jay David Bolter's classic text expands on the objectives of the original volume, illustrating the relationship of print to new media, and examining how hypertext and other forms of electronic writing refashion or "remediate" the forms and genres of print. Reflecting the dynamic changes in electronic technology since the first edition, this revision incorporates the Web and other current standards of electronic writing. As a text for students in composition, new technologies, information studies, and related areas, this volume provides a unique examination of the computer as a technology for reading and writing.

The Digital Dialectic

New Essays on New Media

The Digital Dialectic

Publisher description: "This text takes an interdisciplinary approach to visual and intellectual cultures as the computer recodes technologies, media and art forms. It includes contributions by scholars, artists and entrepreneurs who combine theoretical investigations with hands-on analysis of the possibilities (and limitations) of new technology. The key concept is the digital dialectic: a method to ground the insights of theory in the constraints of practice."

Book Presence in a Digital Age

Book Presence in a Digital Age

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.

The Politics and Processes of Scholarship

The Politics and Processes of Scholarship

Joining the debate about the role of scholarship and research at American universities, this book examines such issues as postmodern concepts of scholarship, the impact of technology on scholarship, and the promoting of grant writing and scholarly publishing. Challenging the ideal of pure research and atheoretical teaching, contributors debate the impact of research-based graduate study and its faith in pure research on American scholarship, demonstrating how postmodern theories and social and economic problems are exploding the myth of disinterested research. The book also analyzes how academics could grapple with social, political, moral, and pedagogical issues, considers the impact of online databases and electronic journals, and explores the changes that could help faculty find their voices as scholars.

Print and the Poetics of Modern Drama

Print and the Poetics of Modern Drama

A study into the way in which modern dramatic printed texts relate to their performance.