In Remembrance: Practiced-based Research on the Metaphoric Representation of the Death of the Book

By Karol M. Wilczynska.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Theorists have said that there exists a perception of loss in the integrity of literature due to changes in the material form of the book. In 1875, Nordau said that art and poetry would become pure ativisms because literature had been drawing from emotional stimuli rather than the product of intellectual pursuit. Kernan argues that it is the invasion of technology that compromises people’s ability to read. Kurzweil says that the book will become obsolete as a natural consequence of 200 years of overlapping technological development. The Passing is the culmination of practice-based design research into the metaphoric representation of the death of the book.

Keywords: Literature, Material Form of the Book, Death, Passing, Obituary, Eulogy, Requiem, Memorial, Metaphoric, Exhibition, Practice-based

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp.27-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 437.214KB).

Karol M. Wilczynska

Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design, AUT University School of Art and Design, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Karol has been engaged in three decades of design, publishing and related industries, with the last two decades working as a corporate trainer specializing design communication and computer applications for design outcomes. During 2011, time was devoted to researching the death of the book, taking advantage of the years of experience in illustration, photography and book publishing. Part of the research allowed for an exploration into the dismissing expertise in letterpress production techniques being a central focus, and culminating in a beautifully presented body of work in an exhibition called "The Passing". Karol continues to lecture in graphic design and creative process at the undergraduate level while exploring her passion for craft printing and handbinding in her own time.


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