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The Death of the BookModernist Novels and the Time of Reading$
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John Lurz

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823270972

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823270972.001.0001

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The Pages in Jacob’s Room

The Pages in Jacob’s Room

(p.107) Chapter 4 The Pages in Jacob’s Room
The Death of the Book

John Lurz

Fordham University Press

This chapter deepens the connection between Woolf’s activity as a printer with the Hogarth Press and her formal literary experiments to showcase her commitment to exploring the subject’s fundamental entanglement with the object world. The unconventional page layout of Jacob’s Room, in which empty spaces of varying sizes separate the scenes of the narrative directs readerly attention toward the pages’ transmitting its text in a way that echoes the narrative’s attempts to situate intersubjective relationships within the larger affiliation we have with the object world external to the subject. As Jacob’s Room emphasizes the readerly subject’s own status as an object, it draws out the living reader’s place in the nonliving world, a profound belonging to the inanimate implicit in the embodied mortality that my earlier chapters begin to develop.

Keywords:   Hogarth Press, Jacob’s Room, page layout, objects, Virginia Woolf

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