Remembering the Book : Nostalgia and Intermediality in Two Contemporary Experimental Novels / Herinneringen aan het Boek : Nostalgie en intermedialiteit in twee hedendaagse experimentele romans
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This article discusses a ‘material turn’ in contemporary literature in relation to two recent works: Anne Carson’s NOX (2009) and Oscar K’s Af Olafur Kjartanssons optegnelser om den skjulte skrift (2011). Both works experiment with the medium of the book and modes of writing and print. They confront the book with other media and materials such as photographs, fragments of letters, and handwritten pages from notebooks. They thus draw on the aesthetics of so-called ‘rare books’, artists’ books, and scrapbooks, projecting this aesthetics into commercialized printed novels. Drawing on the theoretical perspectives of New Materialism and Cultural Memory Studies, this article argues that these recent experimental works reflect a situation wherein the material book has become an object of nostalgia. Since the arrival of new digital media, it can no longer be taken for granted – and thus, it becomes a ‘thing’ to remember.
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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 2015 Mar 31|