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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2009

E 384K • History of the Book

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Course Description

The advent of movable-type printing in the West: its antecedents, preconditions, pioneers, and progress. Graduate standing required.

Course objectives:

--Using a seminar environment, examine the kinds of information and evidence scholars might need when working with bound library/archive collection materials, focusing on pre-industrial book making.

--Understand the basic elements of handmade and printed books in the west, including parchment making, papermaking, inks, page layout, evolution of scripts, and bookbinding.

--Survey the techniques and technical requirements of texts in the West, including hand-drawn and printed illustration.

-- Explore the social implications of the book, from educational change, to government controls and censorship.

-- Begin to understand the dimensions of book historiography in the west today.

--Examine the "end of print culture" and the “death of the book” in the wake of the digital age,


Course packet may be required—sold at Jenn's copy on Guadalupe

Christopher De Hamel, Scribes and Illuminators any edition

An Introduction to Book History, ed. By David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery, 2005

Twyman The British Library Guide to Printing, any edition

(all books should be available at the University Co-op)


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