Online Lecture Series: "Forms of Reading" - lecture by David Alworth, Research Associate (Harvard Kennedy School) and Visiting Prof. (Stony Brook University (SUNY))
Reading for Design
Cover designers are among the first readers of a new work of fiction. Their task is to envision a manuscript as a bona-fide book. The stakes are high: a successful book cover becomes indelibly associated with the work itself, while a failure can mean embarrassment for the designer, the author, and the publisher. Based on hours of in-depth interviews, this talk examines the production of contemporary fiction from the perspective of the cover artist, one of the most important yet overlooked actors in the contemporary literary field, and it argues that book covers mediate a complicated interplay between art and commerce within a shifting media ecology.
Bio - David Alworth, Research Associate (Harvard Kennedy School) and Visiting Prof. (Stony Brook University (SUNY))
David Alworth is a Research Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government in the Harvard Kennedy School and a Visiting Professor of English at Stony Brook University (SUNY). He is the author of Site Reading: Fiction, Art, Social Form (Princeton UP, 2016), which won the Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship from the Media Ecology Association, and The Look of the Book: Jackets, Covers, and Art at the Edges of Literature (with Peter Mendelsund, Ten Speed/Crown/Penguin Random House, Fall 2020), which was selected as one of Barnes and Noble’s Best Books of 2020. He is the editor of the forthcoming Norton Critical Edition of The Great Gatsby, and his essays have appeared in venues ranging from Public Books and The Los Angeles Review of Books to New Literary History and American Literary History.
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