Tree of Codes and the Denaturalization of Reading

This post is offered by Sheldon Campbell, a recent graduate of Wheaton College and practitioner of the book arts. The post was originally prepared as a paper response to a class discussion of Tree of Codes as a “literary artist’s book.” “Sculptural and Textual Interplay in Tree of Codes” Tree of Codes is an unusual book. We can’t talk about the text of this book without also talking about it’s shape, it’s sculptural qualities. It’s more than just a book with cool pages. Foer exploits the structure of this book to…

The Silent History: A Digital Incunable

A little less than a year ago, I was privileged to participate in the Textual Machines symposium cohosted by the Digital Arts Library and the Symposium on the Book at the University of Georgia (yes, Bulldogs, I envy you). My paper considered a curious case of reversal: a novel originally distributed via app that later reappeared in print.  Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin have taught us to talk about how print novels are “remediated” in other media. Garrett Stewart has coined demediation for artistic endeavors that render books unreadable…

Minding the Gutter

[Feature image: Fiona Banner, Anatomy of a Book (2009)] Gutter of a volume is the channel and combined marginal space formed by the two inner or back margins of facing pages of a volume. Book Arts Web On the rare occasion that I’ve given the gutter a moment’s thought, it has seemed to me a minor annoyance, one easily tolerated, though, because of the innumerable benefits of the technology that created it, the codex. Again, if I’d thought it over, I probably would have named the gutter among the few unfortunate…