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White magic : the age of paper

Author: Lothar Müller
Publisher: Cambridge : Polity Press, 2016.
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Paper is older than the printing press, and even in its unprinted state it was the great network medium behind the emergence of modern civilization. In the shape of bills, banknotes and accounting  Read more...


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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lothar Müller
ISBN: 9780745672540 074567254X
OCLC Number: 951154111
Notes: Translated from the German.
Description: 1 volume ; 23 cm
Contents: Thanks viii PROLOGUE The Microbe Experiment ix PART ONE The Diffusion of Paper in Europe 1 CHAPTER 1 Leaves from Samarkand 3 1.1 The Arab Intermediate Realm 3 1.2 Calligraphy and the Cairo Wastepaper Basket 10 1.3 In Scheherazade s World 13 1.4 Timur and Suleika 17 CHAPTER 2 The Rustling Grows Louder 22 2.1 The European Paper Mill Boom 22 2.2 Paper, Scholars, and Playing Cards 26 2.3 The Rise of the File: Paper Kings, Chanceries, and Secretaries 31 2.4 The Merchant of Genoa and His Silent Partner 37 2.5 Ragpickers, Writers, and the Pulpit 46 CHAPTER 3 The Universal Substance 52 3.1 Marshall McLuhan and the Pantagruelion of Rabelais 52 3.2 Harold Innis, the Postal System, and Mephisto s Scrap 61 3.3 The World in a Page: Watermarks, Formats, Colors 70 PART TWO Behind the Type Area 79 CHAPTER 1 The Printed and the Unprinted 81 1.1 The Pitfalls of a Formula: From Script to Print 81 1.2 The White Page 85 1.3 Found among the Papers ... 89 CHAPTER 2 Adventurers and Paper 94 2.1 Don Quixote, the Print Shop, and the Pen 94 2.2 Picaresque Paper: Simplicius Simplicissimus and the Schermesser 99 2.3 Robinson s Journal, Ink, and Time 104 CHAPTER 3 Transparent Typography 108 3.1 The Epistolary Novel s Mimicry of Letter Paper 108 3.2 Laurence Sterne, the Straight Line, and the Marbled Page 115 3.3 The Fragmentation of the Printed Page: Jean Paul, Lichtenberg, and Excerpts 119 PART THREE The Great Expansion 127 CHAPTER 1 The Demons of the Paper Machine 129 1.1 The Mechanization of Sheet-Making 129 1.2 The Loom of Time, the French Revolution, and Credit 140 1.3 Balzac, Journalism, and the Paper Scheme in Lost Illusions 152 1.4 The Secrets of the Scriveners: Charles Dickens and Mr. Nemo 163 1.5 Foolscap and Factory Workers: Herman Melville and the Paper Machine 168 CHAPTER 2 Newsprint and the Emergence of the Popular Press 180 2.1 The Boundless Resource Base 180 2.2 The Newspaper, the Price of Paper, and the Patrioteer 189 2.3 Emile Zola, the Petit Journal, and the Dreyfus Affair 196 CHAPTER 3 Illuminated Inner Worlds 201 3.1 Wilhelm Dilthey, Historism, and Literary Estates 201 3.2 Henry James, Edith Wharton, and the Autograph Hunt 207 3.3 Laterna Magica: Paper and Interiors 215 CHAPTER 4 The Inventory of Modernity 226 4.1 Typewriter Paper, Deckle Edges, and White Space 226 4.2 James Joyce, Newsprint, and Shears 236 4.3 William Gaddis, the Paperwork Crisis, and Punch Cards 242 4.4 Rainald Goetz, the Mystic Writing Pad, and the Smell of Paper 249 EPILOGUE The Analog and the Digital 253 Notes 265 Bibliography 274 Image Credits 292 Index of Names 293
Other Titles: Weisse Magie.
Responsibility: Lothar Müller ; translated by Jessica Spengler.


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