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Around the Book : Systems and Literacy (Paperback)

Author: Sussman, Henry

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"A splendid addition to the now-long list of Professor Sussman's admirable books."---J. HILLIS MILLER, University of California, Irvine

"Henry Sussman is an incisive, original, and thought-provoking scholar. As Around the Book; Systems and Literacy eloquently demonstrates, he apprehends sensitively the extent to which Kafka, Benjamin, and Derrida are exemplary readers of the detail and all its uncanny contiguities and pulses, and engages in taking his reader on a detailed tour of various texts pertaining to the identity of the book, and what it means to think about books, to reflect on their ontological status, and to get up close and personal with textual materiality, Sussman's book about books is not only refresshing, rigorous, and marvelously original, it is also quite undeniably necessary."---JULIAN WOLFREYS, Loughborough University

"Even the capacious orbit of the title Around the Book does spare justice to the wild epicycles by which the author's reflections rim the limits of critical writing and the book form, from deconstruction to Chinese medicine, surrealism to systems theory, Kafka to the graphic novel. If Benjamin's Arcades Project is a `vast print-medium website,' then Sussman's own heady scroll through contemporary cultural registers plunges him with vertiginous learning from one cognitive `platform' and `standard operating system' to another---all in a rapt defense, in this his tenth venturesome book, of analytic `noise' in the theory systems of our new millennium."---GARRETT STEWART, author of Novel Violence: A Narratography of Victorian Fiction

Amid radical transformation and rapid mutation in the nature, transmission, and deployment of information and communications, Around the Book offers a status report and theoretically nuanced update on the traditions and medium of the book. The study highlights the most radical experiments in the book's history as trials in what the author terms the "Prevailing Operating System" at play within the fields of knowledge, art, critique, and science.


Publisher Fordham Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780823232840
SKU 213648059
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0823232840
Release Date 5/1/2011
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0319
Publisher Fordham University Press
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