Graphic Design, Print Culture, and the Eighteenth-Century Novel

Graphic Design, Print Culture, and the Eighteenth-Century Novel

by Janine Barchas
     
 

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The uniformity of graphic design in contemporary paperback and critical editions of the eighteenth-century novel no longer conveys the visual appeal of early editions. Janine Barchas explains how the novel's material embodiment as printed book rivalled its narrative content in diversity and creativity in the first half of the eighteenth century. Prose writers such

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The uniformity of graphic design in contemporary paperback and critical editions of the eighteenth-century novel no longer conveys the visual appeal of early editions. Janine Barchas explains how the novel's material embodiment as printed book rivalled its narrative content in diversity and creativity in the first half of the eighteenth century. Prose writers such as Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, and Henry and Sarah Fielding experimented with the novel's physical appearance from the beginning of its emergence in Britain.

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"Barchas wants to restore the 'interpretive function' of graphic design. This beautifully designed, produced, and illustrated book with broad margins, heavy paper, and superbly reproduced images of title pages and mise-en-page images itself plays a role within the argument of this book, sharpening our attentiveness to the relations between design and meaning but also raising again the tangle of relations between authorship and intentionality in graphic design." Studies in English Literature 1500-1900

"Barchas has written an important book, one that brings together a traditional bibliography, more cutting-edge book history, and literary criticism.... Her richly illustrated book... shows readers how 'accidentals' can be much more substantive than most textual critics would have them believe.... Highly recommended. All collections serving upper-division undergraduates through faculty." Choice

"For the first time we have a book that systematically examines the presentation of the novel as part of its meaning." Libraries & Culture

"...this is a work of great subtlety and considerable insight that should be of interest to all students of book culture. It is both an accessibly written and amusing account of its subject's rich profusion of typefaces, fleurons, rules, title pages, frontispieces, indexes, and lists." - Victorian Periodicals Review, Robert Grant, University of Kent

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521090575
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/27/2008
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Janine Barchas is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at University of Texas at Austin. She is the editor of The Annotations in Lady Bradshaigh's Copy of Clarissa (1998), and has contributed to Essays on Eighteenth-Century Genre and Culture (2001).

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