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The Death of the Book: Modernist Novels and the Time of Reading

John Lurz


An examination of the ways major novels by Marcel Proust, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf draw attention to their embodiment in the object of the book, The Death of the Book considers how bookish format plays a role in some of the twentieth century’s most famous literary experiments. Tracking the passing of time in which reading unfolds, these novels position the book’s so-called death in terms that refer as much to a simple description of its future vis-à-vis other media forms as to the sense of finitude these books share with and transmit to their readers.

Keywords: James Joyce, modernism, Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823270972
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823270972.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Lurz, author
Tufts University