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Illuminating letters : typography and literary interpretation
Gutjahr, Paul C.
Publication Information:
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
198 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, music ; 25 cm.
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Central Library Z246 .I44 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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What do we read when we read a text? The author's words, of course, but is that all? The prevailing publishing ethic has insisted that typography - the selection and arrangement of type and other visual elements on a page - should be an invisible, silent and deferential servant to the text it conveys.

Table of Contents

Paul C. Gutjahr and Megan L. BentonPaul C. GutjahSarah A. KelenMegan L. BentonBeth McCoySteven R. PriceLeon JacksonGene Kannenberg Jr.
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Reading the Invisiblep. 1
Chapter 1 The Letter(s) of the Law: Four Centuries of Typography in the King James Biblep. 17
Bridge Onep. 45
Chapter 2 Peirs Plouhman [sic] and the "formidable array of blackletter" in the Early Nineteenth Centuryp. 47
Bridge Twop. 69
Chapter 3 Typography and Gender: Remasculating the Modern Bookp. 71
Bridge Threep. 95
Chapter 4 Perpetua(l) Notion: Typography, Economy, and Losing Nella Larsenp. 97
Bridge Fourp. 115
Chapter 5 The Autograph Manuscript in Print: Samuel Richardson's Type Font Manipulation in Clarissap. 117
Bridge Fivep. 137
Chapter 6 "The Italics Are Mine": Edgar Allan Poe and the Semiotics of Printp. 139
Bridge Sixp. 163
Chapter 7 Graphic Text, Graphic Context: Interpreting Custom Fonts and Hands in Contemporary Comicsp. 165
Notes on Contributorsp. 193
Indexp. 195

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