Typografi och litteraturens kropp
Nyckelord:Typography, materiality of literature, material text, book history, text form, corporeality of literature, ontology of literature, bibliographical theory, phenomenology of literature, Jean-Luc Nancy’s phenomenology of reading, meaning production of form, roman type, gothic type, body text
Body text: Typography and the corporeality of literature
In one of his fragments, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg explains that German books printed with roman type, instead of the then default gothic type, always give him a feeling that he needs to translate them – evidence, he says, of “the degree to which our concepts are dependent on these signs”. The article elaborates on this thought. It explores the relation between literature, text (abstract and material), and typography, and argues – by means of bibliographical theory, Goethe’s mother, Jean-Luc Nancy, Roman Ingarden, and a diagnostic comparison between hand writing and digital fonts – that the longstanding, idealistic view, within literary criticism and history, of texts’ ‘content’ as independent of books’ and texts’ materiality and form, obstructs scholars’ striving for understand-ing. Text is not only representation; it is also presentation. Text has form, and the form produces meaning.
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