ENG 293 The Art and History of the Book

Martin Antonetti, MW 1:10 PM-2:30 PM

 A survey of the book—as vehicle for the transmission of both text and image—from the manuscripts of the Middle Ages to contemporary artists’ books. The course will examine the principal techniques of book production—calligraphy, illustration, papermaking, typography, bookbinding—as well as various social and cultural aspects of book history, including questions of censorship, verbal and visual literacy, the role of the book trade, and the book as an agent of change. In addition, there will be labs in printing on the handpress and bookbinding. Admission limited to 20 by permission of the instructor.