What is a Book?
The rise of digital media has prompted some to proclaim that the book is dead or in its last throes. But books are a remarkably robust technology; they have adapted to the demands of time for over 500 years. In this seminar, you'll learn the basics of how books are made, from the early modern period to the present day. We'll visit rare book collections to examine a wide range of printed objects. We'll discuss artists’ books and avant-garde book art, as well as e-books and the digital afterlife of print.