Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Cutting up books
Usually defacing, tearing, cutting and so forth of books is regarded as near criminal - if not actually criminal. In one of our recent classes, there was active debate about the question of dog-earing pages and cracking spines and whether we mistreat some books out of love or simple carelessness. Too rarely in literary studies do we stop to think about the books as physical materials, which is where artists like Su Blackwell take away my breath. You can see articles and examples of her work here and here. The latter link takes you to her copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the effect is amazing.