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ContentsIntroduction: Find Something New in the Old1. Cut: Little Gidding's Feminist Printing2. Copy: Edward Benlowes's Queer Books3. Paste: John Bagford's History of the BookEpilogue: Goodbye to Much That Is FamiliarAcknowledgmentsNotesIndex

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Whitney Trettien is assistant professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She is coeditor of Digital Sound Studies, author of the creative print/digital project Gaffe/Stutter, and cofounder of the digital zine thresholds.


"Whitney Trettien's Cut/Copy/Paste is a seriously delightful book, and a delightfully serious one. She travels to the fringe of the book trade to show how makers in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries created assemblages from pre-existing print books, making entirely new works of art that both drew on traditional culture and simultaneously reinvented it. In the process, she herself reinvents that it means to do book history, drawing exciting parallels between the near-past and our transitional moment as we move from print to digital culture. Highly recommended for book historians, media theorists, and anyone who loves a good story."-N. Katherine Hayles, author of Postprint: Books and Becoming Computational"In Cut/Copy/Paste, Whitney Trettien dives deep into the wonderfully strange book worlds of Little Gidding, Edward Benlowes, and John Bagford to uncover new ways of thinking about media, print, the codex, fragments, and manuscripts. This powerful rethinking of what a book was, and what it might be, is enacted through the form of Cut/Copy/Paste: a print-digital hybrid that opens up multiple routes through, around, and beyond its subject."-Adam Smyth, Balliol College, Oxford University

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