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Textual effects and criticism
in Writing otherwise
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Judy Kendall's poetics concern a rather fundamental aspect of writing: namely, what the written page looks like. Her essay obliges us to look closely at the visual materiality of the text, and at how such things as font, layout and other textual effects, normally invisible to the reader, in fact produce meaning of their own, confirming or contesting the actual sense of words. She takes as an example a chapter of her own academic work – a book about the poet Edward Thomas – and manipulates the text visually, to provide a range of new and sometimes unintended effects for the reader. In the process, she demonstrates that in our usual reading we ignore those effects which have become familiar over time.

Writing otherwise

Experiments in cultural criticism

Editors: Jackie Stacey and Janet Wolff

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