LHSP 230 - Writing and Arts II
Section: 001 Illuminating Texts: The Picture and the Thousand Words
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Lloyd Hall Scholars Program (LHSP)
Department: LSA Lloyd Hall Scholars
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
A maximum of 20 LHSP credits may be counted toward a degree.
Enforced Prerequisites:
Completion of the First-Year Writing Requirement.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Experience in writing or the arts.
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

A medieval monk could spend months illustrating, decorating and gilding a single precious page for a bible or book of hours. He was making what is called an “illuminated manuscript” — a text (usually religious) whose ideas have been illuminated (“brought to light”) with original images and designs. This course will consider this illuminating impulse — the expression of oneself in words and in images. We will look at a range of interacting texts and pictures, from medieval manuscripts to illustrated poetry to childrens’ classics such as Goodnight, Moon, and even the doodles in each other’s own notebooks. Our study of such works will then prepare us to design and produce, as the course’s main project, our own illuminated texts.

The course will operate largely as a workshop, with frequent sharing, formal presentations, and peer critiques. And while I will certainly appreciate previous experience with creative writing and/or the visual arts, neither are required. Your own particular interests and responses to what we study will guide your work and the tenor of the class.

LHSP 230 - Writing and Arts II
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
MW 10:30AM - 12:00PM
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