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Susan,

Unfortunately, there is an incredible shortage of theoretical material about
book arts everywhere, not just in New Zealand. And particularly little
dealing with just what you are concerned with, how a reader reads an
artists' book. Dick Higgins does touch on this in a very brief essay about
Hermeneutics and the Artist's Book in Talking the Boundless Book, published
last year by Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and available from them (24
North Third St., Minneapolis, MN  55401, phone 612-338-3634; the book costs
$15.95). If you come up with other "reader approaches" to artists' books,
I'd love to know about them, too. Working as a book maker, making books
which occupy the borderline (or common ground) of literary and artist's
book, this is particularly the issue which concerns me most. How do readers
read such books to derive the most meaning? Are readers thinking about all
the parts as a whole? etc.

charles alexander

>Hello everyone, I am a new subscriber to this list so am not quite sure if
>my reequest is one covered by the scope of this list.
>
>I am at present working on a dissertation looking at artists' books made by
>women here in New Zealand. The works I am looking at are all created by
>poeple working as artists, some specialise in book arts but most create art
>works in many different media.
>There is an incredible shortage of theoretical material about book arts
>available in New Zealand (yes I have read Joan Lyons et al.).
>The focus I am taking is looking at how a viewer reads an artists' book and
>how this is different to reading a 'standard' book, or an artwork.
>Has anyone got any clues for where I can find more theoretical matter
>around this area?
>Thank you.
>sorry for such a long posting.
>
>susan.ballard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Hocken Library
>University of Otago
>New Zealand
>
>


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