The Book: Digital, Edible, and as Art

Megan Lotts (Rutgers Libraries)

What is a book? From banned books to decorative books, this course will explore the cultural history of the book and how the physical format of books has changed over time. Students in this course will work hands-on with rare books and one of a kind materials from the New Jersey Artists' Books and Book Arts Collection housed in the Rutgers University Libraries Special Collections. This course will include guest lectures by Book Artists, Curators, and Librarians. Students will take trips to the Brodsky Center, MoMA, and more. Topics explored throughout this course will include: Artist Books, Graphic Novels, E-Books, and the world of self-publishing.