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Turning the Page: Book Culture in the Digital Age—Essays, Reflections, Interventions

Turning the Page: Book Culture in the Digital Age—Essays, Reflections, Interventions

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Publication Date: August 18th, 2014
Publisher:
Texas Review Press
ISBN:
9781937875510
Pages:
176
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Description

American Book Review is not just a book review—it is also the heart and soul of writerly writing and small press publishing. In 2006, the publication was relocated to Victoria, Texas, where cultural critic and philosopher Jeffrey R. Di Leo became editor and publisher. Turning the Page collects Di Leo’s contributions to American Book Review from his more recent “Page 2” entries on “social reading” and book bannings in Arizona to his early engagements with the work of Raymond Federman and Harold Jaffe. The common themes are book and publishing culture, and how they intersect with current problems in the humanities, including the rise of neoliberalism.

“There is no dimension of contemporary book culture that Jeffrey Di Leo doesn’t examine beautifully in Turning the Page. These essays are essential reading for everyone who cares about the state of literature today.”—Charles Johnson, author, Middle Passage

“For the past decade, Jeffrey Di Leo, the editor of American Book Review, has been a witty, genial, super-well-informed, and incisive guide to what’s been happening on the literary scene as well as the public world beyond it.”—Marjorie Perloff, Sadie Dernham Patek Professor of Humanities Emerita, Stanford University

“Literary culture is going through convulsions not seen since the emergence of the printing press, which is exactly why Jeffrey Di Leo’s Turning the Page is such necessary reading.”—Steve Tomasula, author, TOC: A New-Media Novel

About the Author

JEFFREY R. DI LEO is Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of English and Philosophy at the University of Houston-Victoria. He is editor and founder of the critical theory journal symploke, editor and publisher of the American Book Review, and Executive Director of the Society for Critical Exchange.  He resides in Victoria, Texas.

Praise for Turning the Page: Book Culture in the Digital Age—Essays, Reflections, Interventions

“There is no dimension of contemporary book culture that Jeffrey Di Leo doesn't examine beautifully in Turning the Page. These essays are essential reading for everyone who cares about the state of literature today.”
—Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage (National Book Award for Fiction, 1990)

“Whether over a beer and spread of Texas barbecue, with wine and a Chicago deep-dish, or in this nifty collection, listening to Jeffrey Di Leo talk about books, publishing, technology in publishing, book reviewing, and literature, in any combination, is at once edgy enough to be stimulating and charming enough to make you want to stay with it all night. The only problem with the book version: you can’t ask questions. (Maybe something interactive will follow?)”
—Cris Mazza, Professor of Fiction and Director of the University of Illinois, Chicago Graduate Program for Writers

“As the editor of the American Book Review and symploke, Jeffrey Di Leo has been one of literary study’s most influential impresarios of contemporary literature and theory. This collection shows us why, demonstrating his remarkable breadth– and formidable depth– as a critic. These fifty (!) essays offer a sweeping overview of the current scene– and a terrific, indispensable introduction to the work of a voracious and perceptive reader.”
—Michael Bérubé, Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Pennsylvania State University