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Henry Sussman 2011: Around the Book. Systems and Literacy. Systems and Literacy is his latest publication: a book about books (Sussman 2011: xvi), a volume about new systems and media, both of which constitute a cultural and economic phenomenon (Bolter 2004: 15). It is a necessary update on the book medium, which regularly transmogrifies in response to unstoppable technological advances, and a perceptive investigation of book culture and modern systems theory. As Sussman observes, all works of literary criticism are books about books.
Around the Book: Systems and Literacy. Coauthors & Alternates. ISBN 9780823232840 (978-0-8232-3284-0) Softcover, Fordham University Press, 2011. Find signed collectible books: 'Around the Book: Systems and Literacy'.
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At the heart of this important new book is the tension between literacy and the open acknowledgement of discrepancies within social and linguistic fields on the one hand, and what Sussman terms the resolving function, the utopian.
At the heart of this important new book is the tension between literacy and the open acknowledgement of discrepancies within social and linguistic fields on the one hand, and what Sussman terms the resolving function, the utopian picture of harmony depicted by the state and large organizations, on the other. Oxford University Press, 9 февр.
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What, it asks, are the book's current prospects? . What, it asks, are the book's current prospects?
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. What, it asks, are the book’s current prospects?
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. The investigations of modern systems theory, as exemplified by Gregory Bateson, Anthony Wilden, and Niklas Luhmann, turn out to be inseparable from theoretically astute inquiry into the nature of the book.
Sussman’s primary examples of such radical experiments with the history of the book are Sei Shonagon’s Pillow Book (both the text and Peter Greenaway’s screen adaptation), Stéphane Mallarmé’s “Un coup de dés,” Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project, Jacques Derrida’s Glas, Maurice Blanchot’s Death Sentence, and Franz Kafka’s enduring legacy within the world of the graphic novel.
In the author’s hands, close reading of these and related works renders definitive proof of the book’s persistence and vitality. The book medium, with its inbuilt format and program, continues, he argues, to supply the tablet or screen for cultural notation. The perennial crisis in which the book seems to languish is in fact an occasion for readers to realize fully their role as textual producers, to experience the full range of liberty in expression and articulation embedded in the irreducibly bookish process of textual display.