Breaking the Book is a manifesto on the cognitive consequences and emotional effects of human interactions with physical books that reveals why the traditional humanities disciplines are resistant to 'digital' humanities.
- Explores the reasons why the traditional humanities disciplines are resistant to 'digital humanities'
- Reveals facets of book history, offering it as an example of how different media shape our modes of thinking and feeling
- Gathers together the most important book history and literary criticism concerning the hundred years leading up to the early 19th-century emergence of mass print culture
- Predicts effects of the digital revolution on disciplinarity, expertise, and the institutional restructuring of the humanities
Part I Pre-Bound 1
1 Language by the Book 3
Part II Bound 69
2 Print Subjectivity, or the Case History 71
3 Distributed Reading, or the Critic Filter 103
Part III Unbound 147
Works Cited 187
“Instead, Mandell reminds us of the importance and the irreplaceable value of the book, while presenting digital media as an addition to our tools as scholars, rather than as a replacement for existing tools.” (Sharp, 1 October 2015)