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Comparative Textual MediaTransforming the Humanities in the Postprint Era$
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N. Katherine Hayles and Jessica Pressman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680030

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680030.001.0001

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Gilded Monuments: Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Donne’s Letters, and the Mediated Text

Gilded Monuments: Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Donne’s Letters, and the Mediated Text

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(p.221) 10 Gilded Monuments: Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Donne’s Letters, and the Mediated Text
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Comparative Textual Media
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Thomas Fulton

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816680030.003.0010

Fulton reminds us that the “print revolution” not only stretched over centuries but also that print co-existed with other media practices well into the seventeenth century, including manuscript letters. Indeed, print continued to carry somewhat of a “stigma” for such authors as Shakespeare, Milton and Donne; when their works were printed, they were often pirated editions from which the author made no money and over which he had no control (the famous example being the “bad quarto” of Hamlet). Arguing for the importance of media specificity and media materiality, he illustrates his argument with a letter from John Donne, recently discovered, written on gilt-edged paper, showing how the content and the materiality intertwine to create rich patterns of meaning.

Keywords:   media specificity, media materiality, media framework, practice-based research, recursivity, media theory, curricula reform

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