RCHUMS 306 - History of Writing in the West: The Book and the Body
Section: 001
Term: WN 2019
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
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Sometimes, speaking of an author, we talk about her or his “body of work;” we will sometimes say, “I devoured it,” as if the book were food we’d taken into our own flesh. Book and body are linked by metaphors--dead or dying metaphors now, perhaps; living and surprisingly literal metaphors in the past.

In this class, we’ll study the materialities of writing and reading, putting the distant past in dialogue with more recent pasts and various imagined futures.

We will make ancient Roman notebooks with our own hands. We’ll make ink from a medieval recipe, sharpen goose quills, and write on parchment. We will look with care and delight at some amazing hand-made books. We’ll read poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. We will watch movies. What we’ll study: poetry by Walt Whitman & Emily Dickinson (one of whose poems appears above right, written on the back of an envelope), a novel by Italo Calvino (If on a winter’s night a traveler), Jonathan Nolan’s film Memento, Spike Jonze’s film her, other good things

RCHUMS 306 - History of Writing in the West: The Book and the Body
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001 (SEM)
3RC Ugrd
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 0077983726
if on a winter's night a traveler, Author: calvino, Publisher: HBJ
ISBN: 9780192811677
The marriage of heaven and hell, Author: Blake, William 1757-1827, Publisher: Oxford University Press 1994
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