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Twenty-first-century culture is obsessed with books. In a time when many voices have joined to predict the death of print, books continue to resurface in new and unexpected ways. From the proliferation of "shelfies" to Jane Austenthemed leggings and from decorative pillows printed with beloved book covers to bookwork sculptures exhibited in prestigious collections, books are everywhere and are not just for reading. Writers have caught up with this trend: many contemporary novels depict books as central characters or fetishize paper and print thematically and formally. In Bookishness, Jessica Pressman examines the new status of the book as object and symbol. She explores the rise of "bookishness" as an identity and an aesthetic strategy that proliferates from store-window dcor to experimental writing. Ranging from literature to kitsch objects, stop-motion animation films to book design, Pressman considers the multivalent meanings of books in contemporary culture. Books can represent shelter from-or a weapon against-the dangers of the digital; they can act as memorials and express a sense of loss. Examining the works of writers such as Jonathan Safran Foer, Jennifer Egan, Mark Z. Danielewski, and Leanne Shapton, Pressman illuminates the status of the book as a fetish object and its significance for understanding contemporary fakery. Bringing together media studies, book history, and literary criticism, Bookishness explains how books still give meaning to our lives in a digital age.
★大都会就是他们梦寐以求的样子：奢靡，温暖，吓人，到处都是和蔼可亲的陌生人。可她不是大都会的对手，它渗出的音乐每天都在发出恳求和挑战：“来吧，来作恶吧。” ★诺贝尔文学奖得主托妮•莫里森酝酿十年的作品，充满诱惑、令人震惊，是现代小说中最迷人的篇章。 ——《芝加哥太阳报》 ★这一切一切的悲剧——选择爱人，冒险去爱，然后失去、一无所有，对他们全都无足轻重。——托妮•莫里森 乔与妻子维奥莱特从南方乡下来到大都会谋生。他们热烈地爱着彼此，以及这麦加般的城市圣地。但是二十年后，两人的感情和梦想已在大都会中迷失。乔遇见了十八岁的女孩多卡丝，同样入骨的孤独，让他们彼此找到了慰籍。新鲜的爱情令乔忧伤又甜蜜，为了维持这种感觉，他开枪打死了她…… 《爵士乐》借鉴爵士乐即兴演奏的方式推动故事进展。这部杰作已成为美国文学史上的不朽名篇。
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