Thinking Outside the Book by Augusta RohrbachThinking Outside the Book by Augusta Rohrbach

Thinking Outside the Book

byAugusta Rohrbach

Paperback | September 15, 2014

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In Thinking Outside the Book, Augusta Rohrbach works through the increasing convergences between digital humanities and literary studies to explore the meaning and primacy of the book as a literary, material, and cultural artifact. Rohrbach assembles a rather unlikely cohort of nineteenth-century women writers - Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, Sojourner Truth, Hannah Crafts, Augusta Evans, and Mary Chesnut - to consider the publishing culture of their period from the perspective of our current digital age, bringing together scholarly concepts from both print culture and new media studies.

In nineteenth-century America, women from a variety of racial and class affiliations were bombarding the print market with their literary productions, taking advantage of burgeoning rates of literacy and advances in publishing technology. Their work challenged prevailing modes of authorship and continues to do so today. Each chapter of Thinking Outside the Book positions a focal figure as both paradigmatic and problematic within the context of key terms that define the study of the book. In lieu of terms such as literacy, authorship, publication, edition, and editor, Rohrbach develops an alternate typology that includes mediation, memory, history, testimony, and loss. Recognizing that the field spans radio, cinema, television, and the Internet, she draws comparisons to the present day, when Web 2.0 allows writers from varying backgrounds and positions to seek out readers without "gatekeepers" limiting their exposure.

More than a literary history, this book takes up theories of recovery, literacy, authorship, narrative, the book, and new media in connection with race, gender, class, and region.
Augusta Rohrbach, an independent scholar, is the editor of ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance and author of Truth Stranger than Fiction: Race, Realism, and the U.S. Literary Marketplace.
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Title:Thinking Outside the BookFormat:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:September 15, 2014Publisher:University of Massachusetts PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1625341261

ISBN - 13:9781625341266

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"Rohrbach's readings and archival work demonstrate how valuable the decentering of authorship can be for understanding how racialized and marginalized subjects relate to the literary marketplace, to be sure, but also simply for understanding the networked quality of the marketplace itself in the nineteenth century." - Matt Cohen, author of The Networked Wilderness: Communicating in Early New England"Thinking Outside the Book offers no less than a searching examination of the language, status, and cultural relevance of the concepts that have motivated so much of the critical thinking about the book as medium, witness, and authority." - David Greetham, author of The Pleasures of Contamination: Evidence, Text, and Voice in Textual Studies