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The Resource Knowing books : the consciousness of mediation in eighteenth-century Britain, Christina Lupton

Knowing books : the consciousness of mediation in eighteenth-century Britain, Christina Lupton

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Knowing books : the consciousness of mediation in eighteenth-century Britain
Title
Knowing books
Title remainder
the consciousness of mediation in eighteenth-century Britain
Statement of responsibility
Christina Lupton
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The eighteenth century has long been associated with realism and objective description, modes of representation that deemphasize writing. But in the middle decades of the century, Christina Lupton observes, authors described with surprising candor the material and economic facets of their own texts' production. In Knowing Books Lupton examines a variety of eighteenth-century sources, including sermons, graffiti, philosophical texts, and magazines, which illustrate the range and character of mid-century experiments with words announcing their status as physical objects. Books that "know" their own presence on the page and in the reader's hand become, in Lupton's account, tantalizing objects whose entertainment value competes with that of realist narrative. Knowing Books introduces these mid-eighteenth-century works as part of a long history of self-conscious texts being greeted as fashionable objects. Poststructuralist and Marxist approaches to literature celebrate the consciousness of writing and economic production as belonging to revolutionary understandings of the world, but authors of the period under Lupton's gaze expose the facts of mediation without being revolutionary. On the contrary, their explication of economic and material processes shores up their claim to material autonomy and economic success. Lupton uses media theory and close reading to suggest the desire of eighteenth-century readers to attribute sentience to technologies and objects that entertain them. Rather than a historical study of print technology, Knowing Books offers a humanist interpretation of the will to cede agency to media. This horizon of theoretical engagement makes Knowing Books at once an account of the least studied decades of the eighteenth century and a work of relevance for those interested in new attitudes toward media in the twenty-first."--Project Muse
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Cataloging source
SFB
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Lupton, Christina
Dewey number
820.9/005
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
PR441
LC item number
.L87 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Books and reading
  • Literature publishing
  • Self-consciousness (Awareness) in literature
  • Mediation in literature
  • English literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • English literature
  • Books and reading
  • Literature publishing
  • Mediation in literature
  • Self-consciousness (Awareness) in literature
  • Great Britain
Label
Knowing books : the consciousness of mediation in eighteenth-century Britain, Christina Lupton
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Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter 5. Gray and Mackenzie Printing on the Wall
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Prologue
  • Introduction. Giving Power to the Medium
  • Chapter 1. Powerlessness as Entertainment
  • Chapter 2. What It-Narratives Know About Their Authors
  • Chapter 3. The Theory of Paper
  • Chapter 4. Sermons Written on the Screen of Print
Control code
793012721
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (216 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812205213
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
  • 10.9783/9780812205213
  • ebc3441924
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  • 420950
  • 22573/ctt35dz1v
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)793012721
Label
Knowing books : the consciousness of mediation in eighteenth-century Britain, Christina Lupton
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter 5. Gray and Mackenzie Printing on the Wall
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Prologue
  • Introduction. Giving Power to the Medium
  • Chapter 1. Powerlessness as Entertainment
  • Chapter 2. What It-Narratives Know About Their Authors
  • Chapter 3. The Theory of Paper
  • Chapter 4. Sermons Written on the Screen of Print
Control code
793012721
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (216 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812205213
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
  • 10.9783/9780812205213
  • ebc3441924
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 420950
  • 22573/ctt35dz1v
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)793012721

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