• The Art of the Book in the Digital Age syllabus (undergraduate course)

    Author(s):
    Whitney Trettien (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    TM Book History, Print Cultures, Lexicography
    Subject(s):
    Digital humanities
    Item Type:
    Syllabus
    Tag(s):
    altered books, art, book history, digital humanities, OEW2017
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6NC97
    Abstract:
    The attached syllabus was written for my Honors undergraduate seminar “The Art of the Book in the Digital Age,” taught Fall 2016 at UNC Chapel Hill. Here is an excerpt from the course description: "The book’s role and significance within literary culture is being scrutinized today with an intensity unseen for five centuries. Nowhere is this questioning more acute, sophisticated, and nuanced than in the burgeoning field of the book arts, an umbrella term encompassing artists’ books, book sculpture, zines, and print-oriented forms of electronic poetry. This is an inherently collaborative and interdisciplinary field. Its practitioners skirt the thresholds between visual art and literature, technology and philosophy, producing uniquely bookish artifacts that defy easy categorization. These are artworks made not for the white walls of a gallery, but to be read and used; they are works of literature that engage the visual, tactile, and even olfactory senses. Difficult to reproduce in print editions or literary anthologies, they challenge our expectations of the codex as a platform for delivering and consuming textual information. Despite the diversity of the book arts, what brings these practices together is a shared interest in the potential of the book to model radical new forms of creativity, subjectivity, and political engagement. 'if i can sing through my mouth with a book,' writes El Lissitzky in a treatise on book design, 'i can show myself in various guises.'"
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