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The Word Made Flesh
     

The Word Made Flesh

by Johanna Drucker
 

Calling attention to the visual materiality of the text, this book attempts to halt linear reading, trapping the eye in a field of letters which make a complex object on the page. The writing refers continually to the visceral character of language, literalizing metaphors of tongue, breath, and flesh. The work both embodies and discusses language as a physical form

Overview

Calling attention to the visual materiality of the text, this book attempts to halt linear reading, trapping the eye in a field of letters which make a complex object on the page. The writing refers continually to the visceral character of language, literalizing metaphors of tongue, breath, and flesh. The work both embodies and discusses language as a physical form, one whose properties cannot be ignored by arriving at a disembodied content. The format of this work invokes a reference to the carmina figurata of the Renaissance — works in which a sacred image was picked out in red letters against a field of black type so that a holy figure could be seen and meditated on in the process of reading. The technique is reversed here, with the red field of small type serving as a background in which large, black letters are arranged like figures on the red ground. This is a facsimile reprint of an original letterpress edition issued in 1989.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781887123099
Publisher:
Granary Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Edition description:
FACSIMILE
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
12.45(w) x 10.49(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Johanna Drucker is an author, book artist, visual theorist, and cultural critic. Her scholarly writing documents and critiques visual language: letterforms, typography, visual poetry and art. Drucker earned her B.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1973 and her Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley in 1986. She is currently the Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professor at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA.She was previously the Robertson Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia, Professor of Art History at Purchase College, SUNY, Associate Professor of Art History at Yale University, and Assistant Professor of Art History at Columbia University and University of Texas, Dallas. She has also been the Digital Humanities Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, Digital Cultures Fellow at UC Santa Barbara, and Mellon Faculty Fellow in Fine Arts at Harvard University.

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