'Eye-Mind-Design-Production': An Interview with Johanna Drucker

  • Manuel Portela Center for Portuguese Literature, University of Coimbra
  • Catarina Figueiredo Cardoso CLP, University of Coimbra (Doctoral Program in Materialities of Literature)
  • John D. Mock CLP, University of Coimbra (Doctoral Program in Materialities of Literature)
  • Ana Paula Dantas CLP, University of Coimbra (Doctoral Program in Materialities of Literature)

Abstract

In this interview, Johanna Drucker talks about her work as book artist and media scholar, and discusses the methods and practices of Digital Humanities.

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Manuel Portela, Center for Portuguese Literature, University of Coimbra

Manuel Portela teaches in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the Faculty of Arts, University of Coimbra, and he is the current Coordinator of the PhD Program Advanced Studies in the Materialities of Literature. He is a member of the Centre for Portuguese Literature at the University of Coimbra, and was Director of the University Theatre between 2005 and 2008. His many translations include the first Portuguese translations of Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1994; revised, 2007) and Milton (2009), by William Blake,  and The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (2 vols, 1997-98), by Laurence Sterne, for which he received the National Award for Translation. In 2003, he published O Comércio da Literatura: Mercado e Representação [The Commerce of Literature: Marketplace and Representation], an extensive study of the English literary market in the 18th century.  His latest research has been concerned with the digital literature and digital culture. He has taught several courses and seminars on digital media.

Catarina Figueiredo Cardoso, CLP, University of Coimbra (Doctoral Program in Materialities of Literature)

Catarina Figueiredo Cardoso holds a Law degree and an MA in Political Science. She collects illustrated books, books with drawings, scrawls, photographs, fingerprints. She keeps up with the scene of Portuguese artists’ books, zines, self-published books and by small publishers, art forms that evolve and change with the technologies directly and indirectly linked to the book. Collecting books and meeting the artists who create them led her to a reflection on this recent art form and its critical reception in Portugal. She gathers documentation and bibliography to enable her to analyze its development in Portugal and its integration in the international movements around the word and the book, which grew out of the 1960s. With Isabel Baraona, she edited number 32 of the Journal of Artists’ Books (Fall 2012), about artists’ books in Portugal. Her latest project is Tipo.pt, a database on artists' books and self-published small press works coedited by Isabel Baraona. She lives and works in Lisbon.

John D. Mock, CLP, University of Coimbra (Doctoral Program in Materialities of Literature)

John D. Mock has his BA in English from Indiana University (Bloomington, 1988), where the title of his Honors Thesis was “Shared Tendencies and Intentions: Examining Hardy and Hawthorne Together”. He spent one year of study (1986-1987) at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England, where he studied theater and Thomas Hardy. His MA in English, from the University of Maryland (College Park, 1991), included a thesis that was titled “Hemingway’s Orpheus: Influence and Affluence in In Our Time”. From 1988-1991, John taught at the University of Maryland at College Park. In Portugal, he taught at Catholic University of Portugal (Leiria) for five years. Since 1998, he has taught at the University of Coimbra. John D. Mock has always had an interest in the Classics, in Fantasy and Science Fiction, and in the American Literature that was produced in the 1920s and 1960s. He also is interested in Popular Culture. The title of his thesis project is «The Electronic Body in Time and Space, or, Cyberpunk Is Dead: Long Live Cyberpunk».

Ana Paula Dantas, CLP, University of Coimbra (Doctoral Program in Materialities of Literature)

Ana Paula Dantas graduated in Modern Languages, English and American Studies, holds a Post-graduation and a Master’s degree in Poetry & Poetics at the Faculty of Arts, University of Coimbra, with the Thesis entitled “Meetings of Poets: Voice, Silence and Glyph in próspero saíz’s Work” (2011).  Her current interests are focused on the literary in relation to performing arts, cultural and interart studies.

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Published
2013-06-30
How to Cite
PORTELA, Manuel et al. 'Eye-Mind-Design-Production': An Interview with Johanna Drucker. MATLIT: Materialities of Literature, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 169-177, june 2013. ISSN 2182-8830. Available at: <https://impactum-journals.uc.pt/matlit/article/view/1622>. Date accessed: 18 aug. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.14195/1622.

Keywords

Materialities of Literature; Artist's Book; Typography; Digital Humanities; Johanna Drucker

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