This course will cover the introduction and development of writing, and the history of the manuscript and printed book, from their beginnings to approximately the year 1450. This is a very large subject, and some topics will receive more coverage than others. Although there will be some coverage of the non-Western book, the emphasis will be on the history of the Western book.
|Tuesday, August 29: Introduction|
|Thursday, August 31: The Origins of Writing; Introduction to Cuneiform
Avrin, pp. 1-34, 63-79.
|Tuesday, September 5: Cuneiform (continued); Writing and the Book in Egypt
Avrin, pp. 34-43, 81-99.
|Thursday, September 7: Writing and the Book in Egypt (continued)|
|Tuesday, September 12: The Hebrew Book; The Development of the Alphabet
Avrin, pp. 101-137, 45-61.
|Thursday, September 14: No Class Meeting|
|Tuesday, September 19: Writing and the Book in the Greek World
Avrin, pp. 139-157.
|Thursday, September 21: The Book in Ancient Rome
Avrin, pp. 159-184.
|Tuesday, September 26: From Scroll to Codex
Avrin, pp. 205-229.
|Thursday, September 28: No Class Meeting|
|Tuesday, October 3: No Class Meeting|
|Thursday, October 5: Review|
|Tuesday, October 10: Midterm Examination|
|Thursday, October 12: No Class Meeting|
|Tuesday, October 17: Introduction to Medieval Manuscripts
Journal 1 due.
De Hamel, pp. 1-41.
|Thursday, October 19: Introduction to Medieval Manuscripts (continued)
De Hamel, pp. 42-107.
|Tuesday, October 24: The Universities and the Rise of the Medieval Book Trade
De Hamel, pp. 108-167.
|Thursday, October 26: No Class Meeting|
|Tuesday, October 31: The Medieval Book and Book Trade (continued)
M.D. Clanchy, From Memory to Written Record: England 1066-1307. Second Edition. Oxford: Blackwell, 1993. Chapter 4, "The Technology of Writing, pp. 114-144.
|Thursday, November 2: Papermaking and Bookbinding
Avrin, pp. 283-325.
|Tuesday, November 7: The Manuscript Book in the Islamic World and in The Far East
Avrin, pp. 261-282.
|Thursday, November 9: No Class Meeting|
|Tuesday, November 14 - Thursday, November 16: No Class Meetings|
|Tuesday, November 21 - Thursday, November 23: Thanksgiving Break -No Class Meetings|
|Tuesday, November 28: The Printed Book in the Far East|
|Thursday, November 30: Humanism and the Fifteenth-Century Book
Journal 2 due.
De Hamel, pp. 168-257.
|Tuesday, December 5: Conclusion|
Term paper due.
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