Shuffle, Fragment, Sort, Hack this Bibliography.

Amanda Visconti

This bibliography provides a survey of readings on the idea of hacking the book: rewiring, reconsidering, and rebelling against the conventions of the traditional print codex, beginning with William Blake's masterful Romantic productions. We'll learn about the ways in which Blake hacked the book, how formats such as the Total Work of Art and artists' books have further deformed the standard print tome, and how digital editions--particularly those electronically remediating Blake's hacked books--themselves function as explosions of the conventions of the book. Along the way, we will pay particular attention to the visual design of books and online editions, treating graphical decisions as critical features of these texts and creating a catalog of opportunities and techniques for hacking the book.

As an outgrowth of Professor Neil Fraistat's Technoromanticism seminar, this project takes a Romantic stance on book hacking: making the ideology of the book visible so that it can be critiqued, estranging the codex as not the "natural" form of literature, and tracing William Blake's uniquely meaningful interplay of text and image into later literature. Note that this project is imagined more as a primer on "book hacking" than as a traditional bibliography; in some cases, I provide only a brief summary of the article's main argument, with my main focus on those parts of the work pertinent to idea of book hacking.


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Reunify or Fragment?

Reason, Compare, Chaos

Impose One Law

Bentley, G. E., Jr.

"The Printing of Blake's America"

Drucker, Johanna and Emily McVarish.

"Modern Typography and the Creation of the Public Sphere"

Johnson, Mary Lynn

"Emblem and Symbol in Blake"

Drucker, Johanna.

"The Future of Writing"