Work of the Fellows: Edited Volumes

Cultural Artifacts and the Production of Meaning: The Page, the Image, and the Body

O'Brien O'Keeffe, Katherine (Fellow, 1992-93); Ezell, Margaret J. M.;, ed.

Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994

From the publisher's description:

Cultural Artifacts and the Production of Meaning provides new perspectives by leading scholars to make a central contribution to the emerging body of materialist criticism. Each of the essays is concerned with the significance of the material object, be it the written object of the book, an image in its physical manifestations, or the body itself as producer and product of performance. The essays embrace psychoanalytic, feminist, Marxist, and historicist criticisms and address subjects as diverse as Renaissance cartography, performance art, slave narrative, and rap music. The book explores the implications of reproduction in manuscript and print cultures, the changing dynamics of print and authorship in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the visual art of postmodern books, the psychotechnology of memory in modern fiction, and "body art" as the concrete expression of the visceral realism of tragedy. Contributors to the volume include Houston Baker, Herbert Blau, Morris Eaves, Hamlin Hill, Jeanne Holland, J. Paul Hunter, Howard Marchitello, Jerome McGann, and W. J. T. Mitchell.

Subjects: Literary Criticism; Literary Theory;; Material Culture; Book History; Human Body;