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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Fall 2005

LAS 366 • HIST OF BOOK IN THE EARLY-MODERN COLONIAL WORLD-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39345 M
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
MEZ 1.122
CANIZARES

Course Description

The history of the book is a vibrant new historical discipline. Books are treated as material objects, produced in particular settings and distributed through various networks. Production and distribution of books tell us significant things about local societies. But books-objects in colonial settings play other very telling roles as well. We'll grapple with issues such as books and colonialism; alternative books and writings systems (quipus, indigenous codices); printers and libraries; genres; patronage; censure. Although the focus of this seminar is the Iberian colonial world, we'll also explore the British Atlantic for comparative purposes. This is a writing intensive seminar in which students will complete a final 20-page research paper (using the resources of the Benson and the Ransom Libraries) in addition to weekly reading reports.

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