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The Book as Instrument: Stephane Mallarme, the Artist's Book, and the Transformation of Print Culture

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Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-98) was a French Symbolist poet, theorist, and teacher whose ideas and legendary salons set the stage for twentieth-century experimentation in poetry, music, theater and art. A canonical figure in the legacy of modernism, Mallarmé was also a lifelong champion of the book as both a literary endeavor and a carefully crafted material object.

In The Book as Instrument, Anna Sigrídur Arnar explores how this object functioned for Mallarmé and his artistic circle, arguing that the book became a strategic site for encouraging a modern public to actively partake in the creative act, an idea that informed later twentieth-century developments such as conceptual and performance art. Arnar demonstrates that Mallarmé was invested in creating radically empowering reading experiences, and the diverse modalities he proposed for both reading and looking anticipate interactive media prevalent in todays culture. In describing the world of books, visual culture, and mass media of the late nineteenth century, Arnar touches upon an array of themes that continues to preoccupy us in our own moment, including speculations on the future of the book. Enhanced by gorgeous illustrations, The Book as Instrument is sure to fascinate anyone interested in the ever-vibrant experiment between word and image that makes the page and the multi-sensory pleasures of reading.

About the Author

Anna Sigrídur Arnar is professor of art history in the Department of Art & Design at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

 

 

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Note regarding Translations and References to the Poem Un coup de dés

 

Introduction

 

Part One: Defining the Book

1 Reading Mallarmé

2 The Heroic Legacy of the Book

 

Part Two: Forging the Livre de Peintre

3 From Illustration to Original Print

4 The Livre de Peintre and Independent Publishing

 

Part Three: Reading and Designing the Book

5 Paradigms of Reading

6 Designing the Livre Moderne in the International Context: Un coup de dés, Art Nouveau, and Nascent Mass Media

 

Part Four: Transformations of the Book

7 Design and Mathematical Patterns in Le Livre

8 The Afterlife of the Book

 

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226027012
Author:
Arnar, Anna Sigridur
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
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Author:
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Author:
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Author:
Arnar, Anna Sigr
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Subject:
Mallarme, Stephane
Subject:
Books and reading--Social aspects--History
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
European - French
Subject:
European
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 color plates, 112 halftones
Pages:
428
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in

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