Byens bedste brugte bøger: Bogen som vare og samlerobjekt i nye eksperimenterende romaner

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Literary culture has recently become aware of the printed book as an object and a medium. The spread of new media results in a situation, where the book can no longer be taken for granted and therefore, it requires new cultural and commercial value. The article investigates how the changing status and function of the printed book in contemporary culture is reflected in two recent experimental novels, Mette Hegnhøj’s Ella er mit navn vil du købe det? (2014) and J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst’s S. (2013). Drawing on theoretical perspectives of e.g. Jessica Pressman, Dominick Schrey and Henry Jenkins, I investigate how these works celebrate the book as an auratic object and an old medium, while also presenting the book as a commodity that is marketed and sold on the conditions of the new media culture. Thus, I argue that the works in different ways reflect the new ambiguous status of the printed book: it is celebrated as a guarantor of a traditional literary culture and is accordingly positioned in opposition to the contemporary commercialized media culture – while it is also being (as it always has been) a commodity and thus functioning on the commercial and cultural conditions of this new media culture.


External organisations
  • Aarhus University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Cultural Studies


  • Bogobjekter, Bogen som vare, kunstnerbøger, eksperimenterende romaner, konvergenskultur
Original languageDanish
Pages (from-to)271-288
Number of pages18
JournalK & K
Issue number124
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes