Synopses & Reviews
Stand#233;phane Mallarmand#233; (1842and#8211;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, Mallarmand#233; 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 Sigrand#237;dur Arnar explores how this object functioned for Mallarmand#233; 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 Mallarmand#233; was invested in creating radically empowering reading experiences, and the diverse modalities he proposed for both reading and looking anticipate interactive media prevalent in todayand#8217;s 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 Sigrand#237;dur Arnar is professor of art history in the Department of Art and Design at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Note regarding Translations and References to the Poem Un coup de dand#233;s
Part One: Defining the Book
1 Reading Mallarmand#233;
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 dand#233;s, 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