Does reading have a history? Is the act of writing the same at all times and in all places? In this seminar we explore these questions about the cultural history of reading and writing over the period from late antiquity to the 18th century. As we follow the change from script to print, we will have direct experience of handling surviving written artifacts during visits to Wesleyan's own collection of rare manuscripts and books. In a series of case studies, we will also investigate what writing and books meant to some ordinary people--an illiterate English mystic of the 15th century, a stubborn Italian peasant of the 16th century, and a Jewish woman merchant of the 16th century.
COURSE FORMAT: Lecture
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA COL Grading Mode: Student Option
Prerequisites: NONE Links to Web Resources For This Course.
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