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Reading the Graphic Surface
Author: Glyn White

ISBN: 9780719069697
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 15 March 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8 x 1.3
Description:
This book critically engages with the visual appearance of prose fiction where it is manipulated by authors, from alterations in typography to the deconstruction of the physical form of the book. It reappraises the range of effects it is possible to create through the use of graphic devices and explores why literary criticism has dismissed such features as either unreadable experimental gimmicks or, more recently, as examples of the worst kind of postmodern decadence.
Through the examination of problematical texts which utilize the graphic surface in innovative and unusual ways, including Samuel Beckett's Watt, B.S. Johnson'sAlbert Angelo, Christine Brooke-Rose's Thru and Alasdair Gray's Lanark, this book demonstrates that an awareness of the graphic surface can make significant contributions to interpretation.

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