From book smuggling and censorship to scandalous content and astonishing illustrations, the history of the book is filled with adventure and intrigue. When you look at a book, you may see a cover and bound pages. However a book is ultimately the story of people. From the author, illustrator, typesetter, and printer to the publisher, bookseller, and reader, a book is much more than a physical object. It’s an artifact that reflects a connection to people, places, periods, and society. We’ll look at the past, but also at the present and future including the role of eBooks in a changing book market.
DESCRIPTION This three-credit graduate course provides a survey of the book from 1450 to the present and future, with emphasis on the development of the book in the West. It focuses on the physical aspects of the book from the mid-fifteenth through the twentieth centuries, and on some of the many roles of the book in society during this period. It also increases awareness of current scholarly trends in the history of the book.
This course has a section focusing on the rise and future of the ebook you don’t want to miss.
WHO This course is a great elective regardless of your area of specialization. However, it’s essential for those working on a dual degree with History. With meaningful projects that bridge theory and practice, the flexible assignments allow students to match their professional goals with interesting learning experiences.
This course makes a great companion to S580 History of Libraries. Consider taking both course for twice the fun!
To learn more, go to the course website at http://eduscapes.com/bookhistory.
Questions? Contact the instructor, Annette Lamb at email@example.com