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In The Nature of the Page, Joshua Calhoun tells the story of handmade paper in Renaissance England and beyond. For most of the history of printing, paper was made primarily from recycled rags, so this is a story about using old clothes to tell new stories, about plants used to make clothes, and about plants that frustrated papermakers' best attempts to replace scarce natural resources with abundant ones. Because plants, like humans, are susceptible to the ravages of time, it is also a story of corruption and the hope that we can preserve the things we love from decay. Combining environmental and bibliographical research with deft literary analysis, Calhoun reveals how much we have left to discover in familiar texts. He describes the transformation of plant material into a sheet of paper, details how ecological availability or scarcity influenced literary output in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and examines the impact of the various colors and qualities of paper on early modern reading practices. Through a discussion of sizing—the mixture used to coat the surface of paper so that ink would not blot into its fibers—he reveals a surprising textual interaction between animals and readers. He shows how we might read an indistinct stain on the page of an early modern book to better understand the mixed media surfaces on which readers, writers, and printers recorded and revised history. Lastly, Calhoun considers how early modern writers imagined paper decay and how modern scholars grapple with biodeterioration today. Exploring the poetic interplay between human ideas and the plant, animal, and mineral forms through which they are mediated, The Nature of the Page prompts readers to reconsider the role of the natural world in everything from old books to new smartphones.
Author : J. Scott Bryson
ISBN : STANFORD:36105130573699
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Dedicated for nearly thirty years to making literature and its creators more accessible and intriguing to researchers, the series presents signed, authoritative biographical and critical essays on writers from all eras and genres. Rigorously meeting the standards of librarians and instructors, signed entries are written by academic experts in the field and include illustrations and extensive bibliographies.
Author : Dr. Karan R. Aggarwala
ISBN : 1456836498
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Ecological Meditations A Collection of Poems is a unique book of poetry that reveals layer upon layer of insight into the human condition. Each poem is focused upon the heart of a particular thought, emotion, experience, or subject of study. The poems unfold sometimes logically, and sometimes with an element of surprise or wonder, transporting the reader into a realm that can be touched by a consciousness of all the sense faculties. The poems address universal principles and are close to nature both human and ecological. The insights revealed are based upon deep reflection and meditation upon the primary thought or feeling behind the poem. Ecological meditations is about an extended ecology one that begins with the individual gaining a consciousness of self in relation to nature, moving forth into relationships both intimate and casual, extending further into personal growth that understands and equally questions received societal wisdom. Religion is regarded with regard to spiritual development and due respect is paid to the Hindu and Christian faiths. In reading the poems, at times one gets the feeling that beyond religion there exists a universal ethic of respect for life that is informed by good science, love, and the desire to be joyful and positive in all manner of being. The audience of this book can be the teenager who is looking to find meaning, or even the career person who is fully engaged, and surprisingly, also the elderly person whose nest is now empty. The lover and the seeker, both will find something of lasting value within these pages. Ecological Meditations is a book of poems with appeal for almost everyone who has the inclination for self reflection."