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Modern print artefacts : textual materiality and literary value in British print culture 1890-1930s

Title
Modern print artefacts : textual materiality and literary value in British print culture 1890-1930s / Patrick Collier.
ISBN
9781474413473
1474413471
Publication
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2016]
Copyright Notice Date
©2016
Physical Description
viii, 262 pages ; 24 cm.
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.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
February 27, 2017
Series
Edinburgh critical studies in modernist culture.
Edinburgh critical studies in modernist culture
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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