Susan Howe tells us that, whilst A New Bibliography is still on the shelves of the Stirling Memorial Library, her son found a copy of Almack's text for sale on that same library's 'useless book' pile.6 In 1989, Howe published her own antiquarian project, lifting the title directly from that of Almack's bibliography.7 In the first edition of Howe's poetic text, she literally crosses out Almack's name on his original title page, and prints her own beneath it, re-claiming, reviving and appropriating her primary source text (see figure 1). Howe's use of the bibliography to compile (but not contain) the complex King as text reveals the composite, fragmented, and contradictory body of King Charles I. As with many of her works, Susan Howe uses the literal and metaphorical matenah of words and spaces as creative tools for new historical discoveries, and activates the role of the reader, who necessarily initiates the search for meaning amidst image and text, mind and body, past and present.
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"Resurrecting Absence: Susan Howe's A Bibliography of the King's Book Or, Eikon Basilike and the Historically Unspoken"Please download to view full document