The book is one of the most successful technologies in history, and one of the most invisible. We never ask ourselves how to operate a book, yet a book is one of the most iconic forms in our daily lives. We will investigate the nature of the book as an object through readings, close examinations of both rare and quotidian books housed in Special Collections, and through some hands-on work. We will look at the linkage between the architecture of the book and reading and writing practice, and we will explore contemporary artists’ books, independent publishing, zines and future possibilities.
Limit fifteen students.
Open to graduate students only.