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Published: 05 November 2020

320 Pages | 58 Illustrations


ISBN: 9780198862109

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The Rhetoric of the Page

Laurie Maguire

  • A fascinating account of the practical and creative uses of blank space in early modern texts
  • Based on the author's acclaimed Panizzi lectures at the British Library
  • Studies an extraordinary range of material from literature, art, music, and contemporary culture
  • Draws an arc from the medieval scriptorium to the digital age and puts the early modern book in a wider context
  • Treats the early modern page as a visual unit as well as a verbal unit and extends our understanding of how the early modern reader experienced books
  • The combination of detail and big picture enables a story to be told across periods and different media