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The Rhetoric of the Page

Laurie Maguire


This book explores blank space in early modern printed books; it addresses physical blank space (from missing words to vacant pages) as well as the concept of the blank. It is a book about typographical marks, readerly response, and editorial treatment. It is a story of the journey from incunabula to Google books, told through the signifiers of blank space: empty brackets, dashes, the et cetera, the asterisk. It is about the semiotics of print and about the social anthropology of reading. The book explores blank space as an extension of Elizabethan rhetoric with readers learning to interpret t ... More

Keywords: rhetoric, stage directions, mise-en-page, lacunae, apophasis, aposiopesis, Renaissance drama, reading, history of the book

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198862109
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198862109.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurie Maguire, author
Professor of English, Oxford University and Tutorial Fellow, Magdalen College