Miscellany from the Material World of Books

"The experience of a work of art is, as everyone seems willing to grant without pondering the implications, unique and untranslatable; to suggest that one has captured it in an analysis is, therefore, to falsify and mislead. The best criticism can hope to do is to set the work in as many illuminating contexts as possible."
– Leslie Fiedler, Love and Death in the American Novel

Bookshelf Porn

The Joy of Books

The World's Largest Book


Organizing the Bookcase

Spike Jonze: Mourir Auprès de Toi (nsfw)

Su Blackwell

Lara Langer Cohen

Lara Langer Cohen

Podcast: Fraudulence and the Making of U.S. Literature

Lara Langer Cohen is currently Assistant Professor of English at Wayne State University, where she teaches courses on early American literature, print culture, and Marxist theory.  Her book The Fabrication of American Literature: Fraudulence and Antebellum Print Culture (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) revisits the rise of American literature by examining the accusations of fraudulence that plagued it at the moment of its consolidation, as well as attempts to capitalize on that fraudulence.  With Jordan Alexander Stein, she is co-editor of Early African American Print Culture (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012), a collection of essays that was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2012.  Currently she is working on a study of nineteenth-century literary undergrounds.  She has published articles in American Literature, ESQ, and Arizona Quarterly, and has held fellowships at the American Antiquarian Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.  Beginning in fall 2013, she will join the English department at Swarthmore College.