AMCULT 699 - Periods in American Culture: Literary
Section: 001 Reading Culture, Reading Books: From Gutenberg to Google, History of the Book from the 15th-20th Century
Term: FA 2017
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing; upperclass standing with permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for credit.
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In this seminar we will concern ourselves with what people read, how they read it, and what meanings they derived for the identity they were crafting. Our inquiry will engage issues about gender and identity, individuality and community, artifacts and meaning, ideology and power. It encompasses the entire world that can be inscribed on paper in word and image.

We will examine how the book as physical artifact has shaped the ways in which we read. We will investigate representations of reading in various historical contexts and the cultural prescriptions they convey. We will survey numerous sources for evidence on the practices and preferences of actual readers. We will also address current debates in the history of the book, including the relations between elite and popular cultures, between gender and reading, and between print and digital. We will interrogate the issue of agency for readers as well as authors and publishers. In engaging all these debates we will ask ourselves who makes a text?

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AMCULT 699 - Periods in American Culture: Literary
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001 (SEM)
P
31156
Open
3
 
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W 10:00AM - 1:00PM
002 (SEM)
P
31159
Open
3
 
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Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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