On the Commerce of Thinking: Of Books and Bookstores

On the Commerce of Thinking: Of Books and Bookstores

by Jean-Luc Nancy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0823230368

ISBN-13: 9780823230365

Pub. Date: 06/15/2009

Publisher: Fordham University Press

Making, selling, and buying books has all the elements of the exchange economy that Marx analyzed-from commodification to fetishism-yet each book retains throughout an absolute and unique value, that of its subject. With reading, it gets repeatedly reprinted and rebound. For Nancy, the book thus functions only if it remains at the same time open and shut, like some

Overview

Making, selling, and buying books has all the elements of the exchange economy that Marx analyzed-from commodification to fetishism-yet each book retains throughout an absolute and unique value, that of its subject. With reading, it gets repeatedly reprinted and rebound. For Nancy, the book thus functions only if it remains at the same time open and shut, like some Moebius strip. Closed, it represents the Idea and takes its place in a canon by means of its monumental form and the title and author's name displayed on its spine. But it also opens itself to us-indeed, consents to being shaken to its core-in being read each time anew.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823230365
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
06/15/2009
Edition description:
4
Pages:
84
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Foreword: Thinking Singular Plural xiii

On the Commerce of Thinking of Books and Bookstores 1

The Idea and Character of the Book 8

The Book's End in Itself 13

The People of the Book 16

Interminable Reading 22

The Publication of the Unpublished 27

Book Open and Closed 31

The Scents of the Bookstore 38

The Commerce of Thinking 43

The Matter of Books 46

Electronic Supplement, Binary Reprise, Digital Counterpoint 49

Notes 58

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