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Project outline

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  1. Question: How are changing methods of producing, consuming, and interpreting novels reflected in the novel’s existence as a fictional text, a book, and an object?

  2. Tentative argument: The novel’s form and fiction is intertwined with its increasingly complex history. As newer, digital methods of approaching texts emerge, the same texts continue to be rewritten in different ways.

  3. A book - currently tentatively “Love-letters between a certain late nobleman and the famous Mr. Wilson : discovering the true history of the rise and surprising grandeur of that celebrated beau.”

  4. Book and literary history, combined with making

  5. Materiality of books; paratexts; media studies—Gerard Genette – Paratexts: thresholds of interpretation (full text); Catherine Gallagher - Rise of Fictionality ;Janine Barchas – Graphic Design, Print Culture, and the Eighteenth Century Novel; Leah Price – How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain; Bolter and Grusin - Remediation: Understanding New Media

  6. I’m hoping that my project will both respond to and complicate questions such as: Why do we collect END data, and what is it actually about—the book, the text, or the copy of the book? Where does the line blur between fiction, the book, and the object? Can literary understanding be removed from history? How do we change books by holding, distributing, and reading them, versus leaving them on shelves?