Figuring the Word: Essays on Books, Writing and Visual Projects

Figuring the Word: Essays on Books, Writing and Visual Projects

by Johanna Drucker, Charles Bernstein




Johanna Drucker is among the foremost authorities on the history of alphabets, writing, artists' books and visual poetry. This book is a compendium of Drucker's thought. Yet rather than anthologize from her numerous published books, Figuring the Word collects writings only previously found in academic and literary journals, as well as transcriptions of her lectures and interviews. The book is divided into sections, each with several chapters, which include "Writing as Artifact," "Visual Poetics," "Artists' Books Past and Future" and "The Future of Writing." None of the work in Figuring the Word has ever been published in book form before, and yet it extends and reveals the already broad range of Drucker's voracious and penetrating intellect.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781887123235
Publisher: Granary Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/02/1998
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

"Johanna Druckerhas been making artist's books since 1972, and is currently the Robertson Professor in Media Studies in the English and Literature Department at the University of Virginia. Her critical publications include The Visible World, Theorizing Modernism, The Century of Artists' Book, and Figuring the World; her artistic titles include Nova Reperta, Narratology, Otherspace: Martian Typography, and Dark Decade."

Charles Bernstein, one of the founders of the Language writing movement, is one of the leading figures in contemporary poetry and poetics. He currently teaches at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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