Anti-Book: On the Art and Politics of Radical Publishing (A Cultural Critique Book)

0 avg rating
( 0 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780816621965: Anti-Book: On the Art and Politics of Radical Publishing (A Cultural Critique Book)

No, Anti-Book is not a book about books. Not exactly. And yet it is a must for anyone interested in the future of the book. Presenting what he terms “a communism of textual matter,” Nicholas Thoburn explores the encounter between political thought and experimental writing and publishing, shifting the politics of text from an exclusive concern with content and meaning to the media forms and social relations by which text is produced and consumed. Taking a “post-digital” approach in considering a wide array of textual media forms, Thoburn invites us to challenge the commodity form of books—to stop imagining books as transcendent intellectual, moral, and aesthetic goods unsullied by commerce. His critique is, instead, one immersed in the many materialities of text. 

Anti-Book engages with an array of writing and publishing projects, including Antonin Artaud’s paper gris-gris, Valerie Solanas’s SCUM Manifesto, Guy Debord’s sandpaper-bound Mémoires, the collective novelist Wu Ming, and the digital/print hybrid of Mute magazine. Empirically grounded, it is also a major achievement in expressing a political philosophy of writing and publishing, where the materiality of text is interlaced with conceptual production. Each chapter investigates a different form of textual media in concert with a particular concept: the small-press pamphlet as “communist object,” the magazine as “diagrammatic publishing,” political books in the modes of “root” and “rhizome,” the “multiple single” of anonymous authorship, and myth as “unidentified narrative object.” 

An absorbingly written contribution to contemporary media theory in all its manifestations, Anti-Book will enrich current debates about radical publishing, artists’ books and other new genre and media forms in alternative media, art publishing, media studies, cultural studies, critical theory, and social and political theory.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Nicholas Thoburn is senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Manchester. He is the author of Deleuze, Marx and Politics.

Review:

"Anti-Book makes a significant contribution to current scholarship by expanding the theoretical contexts for artists' books and media projects."—Patrick Greaney, author of Quotational Practices: Repeating the Future in Contemporary Art

"Nicholas Thoburn’s socio-material approach, rooted in political theory and critical thought, exposes the complicity between systems of signification in capitalism and books as expressive objects. Drawing on historical examples as well as those of supposedly post-digital print, Thoburn takes apart myths of avant-garde autonomy as well as worn-out claims about resistant media, showing that the ‘anti-book’ can (still) work as an alternative to commodified culture."—Johanna Drucker, University of California, Los Angeles



"Thoburn invites us to challenge the commodity form of books—to stop imagining books as transcendent intellectual, moral, and aesthetic goods unsullied by commerce."—Monoskop Log

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Nicholas Thoburn
Published by University of Chicago press
ISBN 10: 0816621969 ISBN 13: 9780816621965
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Chicago press. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0816621969

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 20.93
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Nicholas Thoburn
ISBN 10: 0816621969 ISBN 13: 9780816621965
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 26549524-n

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 24.29
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.64
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Nicholas Thoburn
Published by University of Minnesota Press, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 0816621969 ISBN 13: 9780816621965
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Minnesota Press, United States, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. No, Anti-Book is not a book about books. Not exactly. And yet it is a must for anyone interested in the future of the book. Presenting what he terms a communism of textual matter,Nicholas Thoburn explores the encounter between political thought and experimental writing and publishing, shifting the politics of text from an exclusive concern with content and meaning to the media forms and social relations by which text is produced and consumed. Taking a post-digitalapproach in considering a wide array of textual media forms, Thoburn invites us to challenge the commodity form of books-to stop imagining books as transcendent intellectual, moral, and aesthetic goods unsullied by commerce. His critique is, instead, one immersed in the many materialities of text. Anti-Book engages with an array of writing and publishing projects, including Antonin Artauds paper gris-gris, Valerie Solanass SCUM Manifesto, Guy Debords sandpaper-bound Me9moires, the collective novelist Wu Ming, and the digital/print hybrid of Mute magazine. Empirically grounded, it is also a major achievement in expressing a political philosophy of writing and publishing, where the materiality of text is interlaced with conceptual production. Each chapter investigates a different form of textual media in concert with a particular concept: the small-press pamphlet as communist object,the magazine as diagrammatic publishing,political books in the modes of rootand rhizome,the multiple singleof anonymous authorship, and myth as unidentified narrative object. An absorbingly written contribution to contemporary media theory in all its manifestations, Anti-Book will enrich current debates about radical publishing, artists books and other new genre and media forms in alternative media, art publishing, media studies, cultural studies, critical theory, and social and political theory. Bookseller Inventory # AAR9780816621965

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 28.06
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Nicholas Thoburn
Published by University of Minnesota Press, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 0816621969 ISBN 13: 9780816621965
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Minnesota Press, United States, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. No, Anti-Book is not a book about books. Not exactly. And yet it is a must for anyone interested in the future of the book. Presenting what he terms a communism of textual matter,Nicholas Thoburn explores the encounter between political thought and experimental writing and publishing, shifting the politics of text from an exclusive concern with content and meaning to the media forms and social relations by which text is produced and consumed. Taking a post-digitalapproach in considering a wide array of textual media forms, Thoburn invites us to challenge the commodity form of books-to stop imagining books as transcendent intellectual, moral, and aesthetic goods unsullied by commerce. His critique is, instead, one immersed in the many materialities of text. Anti-Book engages with an array of writing and publishing projects, including Antonin Artauds paper gris-gris, Valerie Solanass SCUM Manifesto, Guy Debords sandpaper-bound Me9moires, the collective novelist Wu Ming, and the digital/print hybrid of Mute magazine. Empirically grounded, it is also a major achievement in expressing a political philosophy of writing and publishing, where the materiality of text is interlaced with conceptual production. Each chapter investigates a different form of textual media in concert with a particular concept: the small-press pamphlet as communist object,the magazine as diagrammatic publishing,political books in the modes of rootand rhizome,the multiple singleof anonymous authorship, and myth as unidentified narrative object. An absorbingly written contribution to contemporary media theory in all its manifestations, Anti-Book will enrich current debates about radical publishing, artists books and other new genre and media forms in alternative media, art publishing, media studies, cultural studies, critical theory, and social and political theory. Bookseller Inventory # AAR9780816621965

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 29.62
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Thoburn, Nicholas
ISBN 10: 0816621969 ISBN 13: 9780816621965
New Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2016. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # TX-9780816621965

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 28.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Thoburn, Nicholas
ISBN 10: 0816621969 ISBN 13: 9780816621965
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2016. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780816621965

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 29.34
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

PH D Nicholas Thoburn
Published by University of Minnesota Press 2016-12-15 (2016)
ISBN 10: 0816621969 ISBN 13: 9780816621965
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Minnesota Press 2016-12-15, 2016. Book Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-NBN-00016992

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 30.06
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.95
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

PH D Nicholas Thoburn
Published by University of Minnesota Press 2016-12-15 (2016)
ISBN 10: 0816621969 ISBN 13: 9780816621965
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Minnesota Press 2016-12-15, 2016. Book Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-GRD-05454644

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 31.26
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.95
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Thoburn, Nicholas
Published by Univ Of Minnesota Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 0816621969 ISBN 13: 9780816621965
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Rating
[?]

Book Description Univ Of Minnesota Press, 2016. Book Condition: New. BIC Classification: CBW; DSA; DSB; JFD. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 217 x 141 x 27. Weight in Grams: 426. . 2016. Paperback. . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780816621965

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 36.43
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Thoburn, Nicholas
Published by Univ Of Minnesota Press
ISBN 10: 0816621969 ISBN 13: 9780816621965
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Univ Of Minnesota Press. Book Condition: New. BIC Classification: CBW; DSA; DSB; JFD. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 217 x 141 x 27. Weight in Grams: 426. . 2016. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780816621965

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 36.82
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book