The Afterlives of Reading
The concluding coda returns to the contribution that this account of these modernist texts has for media studies more generally. It makes a claim for the book’s ongoing relevance as precisely an embodiment of the kind of obsolescence to which all media forms eventually succumb. In doing so, it ultimately suggests the relevance that the expansion of readerly awareness detailed in the chapters has for considerations of new media forms. Learning how to attend to the books that transmit our texts complicates the narratives of virtualization that describe the rise of electronic media in a way that makes space to consider all the new objects—laptops, iPads, Kindles, to name just a few—that now litter our reading spaces.
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