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Anti-book

by Nicholas Thoburn | 15 December 2016
Category: Creative Writing
Synopsis
No, Anti-Book is not a book about books. Not exactly. And yet it is a must for anyone interested in the future of the book. Presenting what he terms \u201ca communism of textual matter,\u201d Nicholas Thoburn explores the encounter between political thought and experimental writing and publishing, shifting the politics of text from an exclusive concern with content and meaning to the media forms and social relations by which text is produced and consumed. Taking a \u201cpost-digital\u201d approach in considering a wide array of textual media forms, Thoburn invites us to challenge the commodity form of books-to stop imagining books as transcendent intellectual, moral, and aesthetic goods unsullied by commerce. His critique is, instead, one immersed in the many materialities of text. Anti-Book engages with an array of writing and publishing projects, including Antonin Artaud\u2019s paper gris-gris, Valerie Solanas\u2019s SCUM Manifesto, Guy Debord\u2019s sandpaper-bound M\u00e9moires, the collective novelist Wu Ming, and the digital/print hybrid of Mute magazine. Empirically grounded, it is also a major achievement in expressing a political philosophy of writing and publishing, where the materiality of text is interlaced with conceptual production. Each chapter investigates a different form of textual media in concert with a particular concept: the small-press pamphlet as \u201ccommunist object,\u201d the magazine as \u201cdiagrammatic publishing,\u201d political books in the modes of \u201croot\u201d and \u201crhizome,\u201d the \u201cmultiple single\u201d of anonymous authorship, and myth as \u201cunidentified narrative object.\u201d An absorbingly written contribution to contemporary media theory in all its manifestations, Anti-Book will enrich current debates about radical publishing, artists\u2019 books and other new genre and media forms in alternative media, art publishing, media studies, cultural studies, critical theory, and social and political theory.
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Synopsis
No, Anti-Book is not a book about books. Not exactly. And yet it is a must for anyone interested in the future of the book. Presenting what he terms \u201ca communism of textual matter,\u201d Nicholas Thoburn explores the encounter between political thought and experimental writing and publishing, shifting the politics of text from an exclusive concern with content and meaning to the media forms and social relations by which text is produced and consumed. Taking a \u201cpost-digital\u201d approach in considering a wide array of textual media forms, Thoburn invites us to challenge the commodity form of books-to stop imagining books as transcendent intellectual, moral, and aesthetic goods unsullied by commerce. His critique is, instead, one immersed in the many materialities of text. Anti-Book engages with an array of writing and publishing projects, including Antonin Artaud\u2019s paper gris-gris, Valerie Solanas\u2019s SCUM Manifesto, Guy Debord\u2019s sandpaper-bound M\u00e9moires, the collective novelist Wu Ming, and the digital/print hybrid of Mute magazine. Empirically grounded, it is also a major achievement in expressing a political philosophy of writing and publishing, where the materiality of text is interlaced with conceptual production. Each chapter investigates a different form of textual media in concert with a particular concept: the small-press pamphlet as \u201ccommunist object,\u201d the magazine as \u201cdiagrammatic publishing,\u201d political books in the modes of \u201croot\u201d and \u201crhizome,\u201d the \u201cmultiple single\u201d of anonymous authorship, and myth as \u201cunidentified narrative object.\u201d An absorbingly written contribution to contemporary media theory in all its manifestations, Anti-Book will enrich current debates about radical publishing, artists\u2019 books and other new genre and media forms in alternative media, art publishing, media studies, cultural studies, critical theory, and social and political theory.
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ISBN - 9780816621965
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Published - 15/12/2016
Categories - All, Books, Fiction, Literature, Literary Reference & Essays, All, Books, Fiction, Literature, Creative Writing
No. of Pages - 368
Weight - 432
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Series - - Not Available
Page Size - 22
Language - en-US
Readership Age - Not Available
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