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Reading the graphic surface: the presence of the book in prose fiction

White, G 2006, Reading the graphic surface: the presence of the book in prose fiction , Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK.

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Abstract

This book critically engages with the visual appearance of prose fiction where it is manipulated by authors, from alterations in typography to the deconstruction of the physical form of the book. It reappraises the range of effects it is possible to create through the use of graphic devices and explores why literary criticism has dismissed such features as either unreadable experimental gimmicks or, more recently, as examples of the worst kind of postmodern decadence. Through the examination of problematical texts which utilize the graphic surface in innovative and unusual ways, including Samuel Beckett’s Watt, B.S. Johnson’s Albert Angelo, Christine Brooke-Rose’s Thru and Alasdair Gray’s Lanark, this book demonstrates that an awareness of the graphic surface can make significant contributions to interpretation.

Item Type: Book
Themes: Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for English Literature and Language
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9780719069680
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2009 11:42
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2014 11:19
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1316

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