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ENG (English)
481
032396
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
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History of the Book
History of the Book
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
English (16ENG)
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Alternate Years
Fall 2017
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Letter Grade Only
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Seminar3
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Timothy Stinson
Associate Professor

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Seminar1515Non/a
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Restriction: Junior standing or above
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16ENGBA-16LLTEnglish BA-LiteratureElective
16ENGLBAEnglish BAElective
16ENGLBA-16ENGLCRWEnglish BA-Creative WritingElective
16ENGLBA-16ENGLFLMEnglish BA-FilmElective
16ENGLBA-16ENGLLWREnglish BA-Language, Writing, and RhetoricElective
16ENGLBA-16ENGLTEDEnglish BA-Teacher EducationElective
16ENGLBA-16ENGLMEnglish BA-MinorElective
This course provides an overview of book history from the invention of the hand-written codex through the printing press and current digital manifestations, including electronic texts and Google Books. Students will examine rare materials in hands-on settings and during field trips to special collections libraries; try out historical techniques of writing, printing, and manufacture; and investigate the many social roles involved in creating and using books, including those of author, editor, printer, publisher, reader, and seller.

This course will fill a number of needs. A similar course has been offered for a number of years at the graduate level, and it has proven to be very popular with students. With the exception of a few upper-level undergraduates taking the course by special permission, however, the topics covered by this course have not been available within the undergraduate curriculum. But there is high demand for the topics that book history, an interdisciplinary field, covers, including the history of print as a technological medium, the fate of books and reading in the digital era, and editorial theory. This course also provides much-needed coverage in the English department's new category of Theory, Media and Text Technology, as it meets curricular needs, leverages the strengths of our faculty, and responds to recommendations from a recent external review of the department.  


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This course provides an overview of book history from the invention of the hand-written codex through the printing press and current digital manifestations, including electronic texts and Google Books. Students will examine rare materials in hands-on settings and during field trips to special collections libraries; try out historical techniques of writing, printing, and manufacture; and investigate the many social roles involved in creating and using books, including those of author, editor, printer, publisher, reader, and seller.


Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1) outline the history of the book as a technology, including the manuscript, print, and digital eras;

2) distinguish between common technologies used to print both texts (e.g., letterpress or lithography) and images (e.g., woodcut or engraving);

3) explain how the design and construction of books as physical objects both shape and are shaped by cultural and aesthetic values;

4) evaluate books as physical, historically situated objects; and

5) apply a variety of disciplinary approaches, including social history, media history, bibliography, and textual criticism, to the study of books.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Participation15%Participate in class discussion; submit written responses to prompts and keep journal
Written Assignment15%Write a careful physical description of a book using the technical vocabulary and skills learned in class.
Other25%Each student will be asked to select a topic in book history chosen from Introduction to Bibliography and to create an annotated bibliography for that topic.
Project45%Students may choose to write a 15-page paper on a topic we have covered during the semester or to design and complete a special bibliographical project (e.g. large-scale bibliography, a reference guide to a bibliographical subject, a web site).

aeherget (Wed, 09 Nov 2016 18:56:46 GMT): AECHH: Adjusting restrictions and attributes at instructor's request via email. 11/8/2016
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