A growing body of empirical bibliography and critical making aims at re-creating historical practice and interrogating book history through firsthand material means. None of this work has questioned the role or place of gender in the book trades by investigating either how women labored physically or how they were treated in a male-dominated workplace. How does the immediate physical experience of the embodiment of art shift when the person working the press, casting the type, or binding the books is female? This essay draws on experiences in re-creating historical practices to reflect on how gendered work intersects with gendered book history.
- Empirical bibliography
- Gender and labor
- Material book studies
- Women in the book trade
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Visual Arts and Performing Arts
- Literature and Literary Theory