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The rise of digital media has prompted some to proclaim that the book is dead or in its last throes. But books are a remarkably robust technology; they have adapted to the demands of a wide range of readers for over 500 years. In this class, you'll learn the basics of how books are made, from the early modern period to the present day. While much of this class will devoted to reading, thinking about, and discussing scholarship in the history of the book, roughly every fourth class will be a hands-on workshop in which students will work closely with materials drawn from the Special Collections of Alexander Library. Topics will include: scribal publication and early print, printed play texts, pamphlet wars, the origins and history of intellectual property, cheap print and fine printing, graphic narratives, artists' books, avant-garde book art, e-books and the digital afterlife of print.
Students will write three short essays and complete a number of exercises connected with the workshops. Students will also complete a final essay or creative project in lieu of an exam.

Due to the workshop component, this class will be restricted to 18 students; write to Prof. McGill (mlmcgill@rci.rutgers.edu) to be placed on the waiting list if the class has filled up but you are still interested in enrollling.




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