Category Archives: History and Future of the Book

History and Future of the Book: Digitial Medieval Textual Scholarship

The rapid evolution of digital medieval textual scholarship presents an interesting twist on some of the problems we’ve been considering this semester. I’ve mostly been thinking about the consequences of changing technology in terms of how it will affect ‘the … Continue reading

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History and Future of the Book: On the Elitism of Death of the Novel Talk

The argument Kathleen Fitzpatrick makes in The Anxiety of Obsolescence is one of the better responses I’ve encountered to the common cultural complaint about the death of the novel. Her argument is that this complaint is an attempt to “separate … Continue reading

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History and Future of the Book: Against Overselling the Romantics’ Romanticism

I really got a kick out of Richard Swartz’s “Wordsworth, Copyright, and the Commodities of Genius,” (Modern Philology 89.4 (1992)), which I think represents a perfectly succinct and witty example of the argument against the purity of Romantic ideals. The … Continue reading

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History and Future of the Book: The Future of Scholarly Publishing Is Better than Its Past

Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy is awesome. Her level of engagement in the book with the issues surrounding scholarly publishing is something I don’t think you see very often—at least, not often enough … Continue reading

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History and Future of the Book: To Err

I’m not quite all the way through this week’s reading, but I have to be honest and admit that I’ve had a difficult time finding a foothold in the reading to use for a response post. So I’m making the … Continue reading

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History and Future of the Book: In Which I Complain about Stanley Fish

In general, I like to think of myself as disinclined to complain. Especially when it comes to readings for classes, I tend not to think complaint is a very useful response, so I try to look for what might be … Continue reading

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History and Future of the Book: Attacking the Form of Original Authorship

Reading about the extent to which the evolution of the idea of the Author took place within a legal framework, as people sought to settle questions of how/whether authors should be compensated for their work, how much this compensation should … Continue reading

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