Material Noise: Reading Theory as Artist’s Book

By Anne Royston ’08. The MIT Press, September 2019. Available on Amazon. In this book, Anne Royston argues that theoretical works signify through their materiality―such nonsemantic elements as typography or color―as well as their semantic content. Examining works by Jacques Derrida, Avital Ronell, Georges Bataille, and other well-known theorists, Royston considers their materiality and design―which she terms “noise”―as integral to their meaning.