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Interacting with Print

Elements of Reading in the Era of Print Saturation

The Multigraph Collective

Interacting with Print

The Multigraph Collective

416 pages | 16 color plates, 49 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2017
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9780226469140 Published January 2018
E-book $10.00 to $45.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226469287 Published January 2018
A thorough rethinking of a field deserves to take a shape that is in itself new. Interacting with Print delivers on this premise, reworking the history of print through a unique effort in authorial collaboration. The book itself is not a typical monograph—rather, it is a “multigraph,” the collective work of twenty-two scholars who together have assembled an alphabetically arranged tour of key concepts for the study of print culture, from Anthologies and Binding to Publicity and Taste.
Each entry builds on its term in order to resituate print and book history within a broader media ecology throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The central theme is interactivity, in three senses: people interacting with print; print interacting with the non-print media that it has long been thought, erroneously, to have displaced; and people interacting with each other through print. The resulting book will introduce new energy to the field of print studies and lead to considerable new avenues of investigation.
 
Contents
List of Illustrations
Preface; or, What Is a Multigraph?
Introduction
1.         Advertising
2.         Anthologies
3.         Binding
4.         Catalogs
5.         Conversations
6.         Disruptions
7.         Engraving
8.         Ephemerality
9.         Frontispieces
10.       Index
11.       Letters
12.       Manuscript
13.       Marking
14.       Paper
15.       Proliferation
16.       Spacing
17.       Stages
18.       Thickening
Epilogue
Works Cited
About the Multigraph Collective
Index
Review Quotes
Times Higher Education
"What makes this an impressive production is the way in which it manages to combine powerful argument with detailed illustration. It is persuasive in its key aims. . . . Interacting with Print aims to demonstrate all the ways in which reading is interactive. At one level, it is ingenious that the innovations of its own genre force its readers to rethink the basics of the academic book. At another, more significant level, the lucidity of its observations and illustrations show us, brilliantly, the many different ways in which books make meaning."
Perspectives on History
"Interacting with Print refutes the assumption that print is static and less interactive than other media. . . .Collaborations on the scale of Interacting with Print might be one direction for scholarship in the future, but they also call upon habits ingrained in the past, both mundane and profound."
CHOICE
“One of the pleasures of this collaborative work . . . is its surprising readability. The book is meaty, consistent, vigorous, and free of jargon. . . . Innovative . . . . Highly recommended.” 
Deidre Lynch, Harvard University
Interacting with Print reminds us of print’s capacity to disrupt as well as produce forms of allegiance—to be an agent of instability as well as of standardization. The essays comprising this book are separately and together a pleasure to read. They are also unfailingly edifying. Collectively, the authors propose a new and persuasive account of how readers and viewers did things with print artifacts, both textual and visual, and the emphasis on interaction and intermediality that links these chapters complicates, to wonderful effect, prior works of book and cultural history."
Ann M. Blair, Harvard University
“In focusing on a memorable set of keywords, the authors in this interdisciplinary collective have blended their voices—and their many areas of expertise—to offer an array of inspiring new perspectives on printing in the complex media ecology of 18th- and 19th-century Europe. Interacting with Print is excitingly innovative and productive in both form and content.”
Jon Klancher, Carnegie Mellon University
“Brimming with fresh ideas and international in scope, Interacting with Print challenges received ideas about what print culture was--for instance, that it was equivalent to national culture, or that its primary relationships were those between author and reader or reader and book. The collaborators become both authors and editors at once as they excavate the relation of print to other media, people to print, and social actors to one another, and we find a many-faceted picture of print’s interactive reach in a volume that vividly redraws the map of its material and intellectual history.  The result is a textual and visual treat of collaborative scholarship, often exciting in the way it pushes the boundaries of media history.”
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