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The Resource The matter of the page : essays in search of ancient and medieval authors, Shane Butler, (electronic book)

The matter of the page : essays in search of ancient and medieval authors, Shane Butler, (electronic book)

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The matter of the page : essays in search of ancient and medieval authors
Title
The matter of the page
Title remainder
essays in search of ancient and medieval authors
Statement of responsibility
Shane Butler
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Ancient and medieval literary texts often call attention to their existence as physical objects. Shane Butler helps us to understand why. Arguing that writing has always been as much a material struggle as an intellectual one, The Matter of the Page offers timely lessons for the digital age about how creativity works and why literature moves us. Butler begins with some considerations about the materiality of the literary text, both as a process (the draft) and a product (the book), and he traces the curious history of "the page" from scroll to manuscript codex to printed book and beyond. He then offers a series of unforgettable portraits of authors at work: Thucydides struggling to describe his own diseased body; Vergil ready to burn an epic poem he could not finish; Lucretius wrestling with words even as he fights the madness that will drive him to suicide; Cicero mesmerized by the thought of erasing his entire career; Seneca plumbing the depths of the soul in the wax of his tablets; and Dhuoda, who sees the book she writes as a door, a tunnel, a womb. Butler reveals how the work of writing transformed each of these authors into his or her own first reader, and he explains what this metamorphosis teaches us about how we too should read. All Greek and Latin quotations are translated into English and technical matters are carefully explained for general readers, with scholarly details in the notes
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Cataloging source
CaPaEBR
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1970-
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Butler, Shane
Dewey number
880.091
Index
no index present
LC call number
PA3521
LC item number
.B88 2011eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
standards specifications
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  • Classical literature
  • Literature, Medieval
  • Authorship
Label
The matter of the page : essays in search of ancient and medieval authors, Shane Butler, (electronic book)
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Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebr10432119
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
x, 158 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780299248246
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
The matter of the page : essays in search of ancient and medieval authors, Shane Butler, (electronic book)
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebr10432119
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
x, 158 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780299248246
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote

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