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ISBN: 0812243722
Author: Christina Lupton
Language: English
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (October 19, 2011)
Pages: 200
Category: History & Criticism
Subcategory: Literature
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Knowing books in Lupton's title does not just refer to the way individuals thought about their books. Lupton is also interested in the way such fiction is not just about our cognitive agency while reading, but the consciousness of our loss of agency

Knowing books in Lupton's title does not just refer to the way individuals thought about their books. It also concerns the way books came to know themselves. Lupton is also interested in the way such fiction is not just about our cognitive agency while reading, but the consciousness of our loss of agency. In a section where she discusses the popular eighteenth-century analogy of the novel with the mail coach, novels gradually come to be understood, like coaches, as forms of powerless transport, what it means to be "trapped in the medium of the book" (41).

Request PDF On Sep 1, 2012, Casey Brienza and others published Christina Lupton: Knowing Books: The . The book argues that a crisis consciousness has emerged through the interaction of crisis conditions and a more expansive human desire for pleasure.

The book argues that a crisis consciousness has emerged through the interaction of crisis conditions and a more expansive human desire for pleasure. Knowing Books: The Consciousness of Mediation in Eighteenth-Century Britain. January 2013 · Journal of British Studies. Margaret J. M. Ezell.

In Knowing Books Lupton examines a variety of eighteenth-century sources, including sermons, graffiti . Rather than a historical study of print technology, Knowing Books offers a humanist interpretation of the will to cede agency to media.

In Knowing Books Lupton examines a variety of eighteenth-century sources, including sermons, graffiti, philosophical texts, and magazines, which illustrate the range and character of mid-century experiments with words announcing their status as physical objects.

But in the middle decades of the century, Christina Lupton observes, authors described with surprising candor the material and economic facets of their own texts' production

In other words, a text cannot be reduced to the conscious production of a single author. It is, rather, embedded within a complex web of social relations.

I heard numerous variations on these sentence constructions bandied about while attending a recent lecture in a humanities department at the University of Cambridge, and the ostensible purpose of this rhetoric confused me. After all, texts are not sentient beings; they do not have the cognitive capacity to expect, to demand, or to require. In other words, a text cannot be reduced to the conscious production of a single author. Now, I am a sociologist of cultural production, so I need no convincing of the merits of such an argument.

Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. Ezell (a1). Texas A & M University.

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Knowing books in Lupton's title does not just refer to the way individuals thought about their books. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012. She returns us to a time and -century Britain-during which a great deal of writing concerned itself not only with composition, bu. ONTINUE READING.

Knowing Books: The Consciousness of Mediation in Eighteenth-Century Britain by Christina Lupton. Melvyn New. Published: 1 January 2013.

Knowing Books It is a study of mediation registered in discourse and as such is a notable extension of the recent characterization of the Enlightenment as a 'media.

The Consciousness of Mediation in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Series:Material Texts. University of pennsylvania press. It is a study of mediation registered in discourse and as such is a notable extension of the recent characterization of the Enlightenment as a 'media event.

The eighteenth century has long been associated with realism and objective description, modes of representation that deemphasize writing. But in the middle decades of the century, Christina Lupton observes, authors described with surprising candor the material and economic facets of their own texts' production. In Knowing Books Lupton examines a variety of eighteenth-century sources, including sermons, graffiti, philosophical texts, and magazines, which illustrate the range and character of mid-century experiments with words announcing their status as physical objects. Books that "know" their own presence on the page and in the reader's hand become, in Lupton's account, tantalizing objects whose entertainment value competes with that of realist narrative.

Knowing Books introduces these mid-eighteenth-century works as part of a long history of self-conscious texts being greeted as fashionable objects. Poststructuralist and Marxist approaches to literature celebrate the consciousness of writing and economic production as belonging to revolutionary understandings of the world, but authors of the period under Lupton's gaze expose the facts of mediation without being revolutionary. On the contrary, their explication of economic and material processes shores up their claim to material autonomy and economic success. Lupton uses media theory and close reading to suggest the desire of eighteenth-century readers to attribute sentience to technologies and objects that entertain them.

Rather than a historical study of print technology, Knowing Books offers a humanist interpretation of the will to cede agency to media. This horizon of theoretical engagement makes Knowing Books at once an account of the least studied decades of the eighteenth century and a work of relevance for those interested in new attitudes toward media in the twenty-first.

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