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artists' books, Baker & Whitehill Annual Student Artists' Book Contest, fifth


Book and Paper

Student Status

Undergraduate student

Year of Graduation




Faculty / Course

Jaleen Grove - Words, Images & Ideas

Materials + Techniques

Risograph printed instant book

Student Narrative

In eighteenth-century Europe, upper-class women's increasing access to education coincided with the invention of the novel. Both of these were considered frivolous by men, who believed that reading was a waste of women's time. Furthermore, we have proof that some of the novels kept by women contained explicit sexual content, which encouraged women to celebrate their sexuality in a way they never had before. This zine is a tribute to those little books, informally known as "one-handed books", little-known catalysts of a wave of eighteenth-century female empowerment.

Photo Credit

Connor Parsley FAV 20

One-Handed Book



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