Jan 18, 2022  
Catalogue 2021-2022 
    
Catalogue 2021-2022
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MEDS 248 - The Book in America


1 1 unit(s)
(Same as AMST 248 ) This course examines the history and influence of books and printing in American society from earliest times to the present. We touch on a range of topics, including the place of books in the colonial era and the new republic, the spread of printing technologies in the 19th century, the emergence of large publishing houses and rising rates of literacy, the role of libraries, bookstores, and book clubs, modernist publishing, the rise of the paperback, the work of private presses, artist’s books, and the effect of recent technologies on reading. Along the way we consider questions relating to the production, dissemination, and reception of texts. The Archives & Special Collections Library serves as a laboratory for the course. Guest speakers and one or more field trips enhance our study of key topics. The Department.

Two 75-minute periods.

Not offered in 2021/22.

Course Format: CLS



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