News from Aug 24, 2015
Alexander Starre's Metamedia: American Book Fictions and Literary Print Culture after Digitization is now out with the University of Iowa Press. Combining sustained textual analysis with impulses from the fields of book history, media studies, and systems theory, it explains the aesthetics and the cultural work of complex material fictions by Mark Z. Danielewski, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Safran Foer, and others. By fusing narrative and design, these writers have created reflexive fictions—metamedia—that invite us to read printed formats in new ways.
“Starre’s Metamedia is a definitive achievement: lucid, searching, comprehensive, and repeatedly eye-opening.”—Garrett Stewart, author, Bookwork: Medium to Object to Concept to Art
“Alexander Starre’s Metamedia is a detailed, carefully argued account of an important new development in contemporary literature, an exceptionally generous, patient, and at times revelatory study.”—Evan Brier, author, A Novel Marketplace: Mass Culture, the Book Trade, and Postwar American Fiction