Garvey, “Scissorizing and Scrapbooks: Nineteenth Century Reading, Remaking, and Recirculating”

In New Media, 1740-1915, editors Lisa Gitelman and Geoffrey B. Pingree ask the question “What’s new about new media?” Through the collected articles, the editors investigate the historical context of “old” media (which was at one point new) in order to understand the different ways people have used various forms of media to frame the human experience.


Vintage Scrapbook, Tulane Pubic Relations, Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

Ellen Gruber Garvey’s article on the practice of scrapbooking in the nineteenth-century shows how people, especially women and children, used scrapbooks to create new media from old, reflect personal identity, and even participate in authorship without ever picking up a pen.

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