Writing with Scissors American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance

ISBN-10: 0199927693
ISBN-13: 9780199927692
Edition: 2012
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Description: Scrapbooks have been around since printed matter began to flow into the lives of ordinary people, a flow that became an ocean in nineteenth-century America. Though libraries can show us the vast archive--literally thousands of dailies, weeklies,  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/2/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Scrapbooks have been around since printed matter began to flow into the lives of ordinary people, a flow that became an ocean in nineteenth-century America. Though libraries can show us the vast archive--literally thousands of dailies, weeklies, monthlies, quarterlies, and annuals were flooding the public once mass-circulation was common--we have little knowledge of what, and particularly how people read.Writing with Scissorsfollows swimmers through that first ocean of print. We know that thousands of people were making meaning out of the swirl of paper that engulfed them. Ordinary readers processed the materials around them, selected choice examples, and created book-like collections that proclaimed the importance of what they read.Writing with Scissorsexplores the scrapbook making practices of men and women who had varying positions of power and access to media. It considers what the bookmakers valued and what was valued by the people or institutions that sheltered them over time. It compares nineteenth-century scrapbooking methods with current techniques for coping with an abundance of new information on the Web, such as bookmarks, favorites lists, and links.The book is part of a developing literature in cultural studies and book history exploring reading practices of ordinary readers. Scholars interested in the burgeoning field of print culture have not yet taken full advantage of scrapbooks, these great repositories of American memory. Rather than just using evidence from scrapbooks, Garvey turns to the scrapbook as a genre on its own. Her book offers a fascinating view of the semi-permeable border between public and domestic realms, illuminating the ongoing negotiation between readers and the press.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Reuse, Recycle, Recirculate: Scrapbooks Remake Value
Mark Twain's Scrapbook Innovations
Civil War Scrapbooks: Newspaper and Nation
Alternative Histories in African American Scrapbooks
Strategic Scrapbooks: Activist Women's Clipping and Self-Creation
Scrapbook as Archive, Scrapbooks in Archives
The Afterlife of the Nineteenth-Century Scrapbook: Managing Data and Information
Notes
Index

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