RCHUMS 306 - History of Writing in the West: The Book and the Body
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Sometimes, speaking of an author, we talk about her or his “body of work;” we will sometimes say, “I devoured it,” as if the book were food we’d taken into our own flesh. Book and body are linked by metaphors—dead or dying metaphors now, perhaps; living and surprisingly literal metaphors in the past. In this class, we’ll study the materialities of writing and reading, putting the distant past in dialogue with more recent pasts and various imagined futures. We will pursue three vectors of study: 1) technologies of text production (manuscript, print, virtual); 2) theories of writing and reading in the Middle Ages and the present; 3) being in bodies in the Middle Ages and in the present. What is lost when ideas become “abstract”? We will read poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. We will watch movies. We will look with care and delight at some amazing hand-made books.

Course Requirements:

Regular attendance and active participation; midterm and final essays, regular short writing assignments.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates in all fields with an interest in the topic

RCHUMS 306 - History of Writing in the West: The Book and the Body
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 0156439611
If on a winter's night a traveler, Author: Italo Calvino ; translated from the Italian by William Weaver., Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1st Harves 1982
ISBN: 050030016X
Writing : the story of alphabets and scripts, Author: Georges Jean., Publisher: Thames and Hudson Reprinted. 1992
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