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Book History and Digital Humanities

Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Minor

Advisors: Drs. Ann R. Hawkins and Jennifer Snead

The new interdisciplinary minor in Book History and Digital Humanities allows students to investigate many disciplines, including but not limited to the history of ideas, the history of religion, literature, technological communication, economics, fine art and art history, the study of cognition and education, communication studies, and anthropology.

Courses in the minor include information related to materiality of texts (writ large), to technological change, to reading, readership, reception, to cognition and the brain, to historical contexts related to text production, to censorship and seditious printing, etc.

 

Required Courses: choose 2

Catalog Description: Survey of technologies of text production, publication, and consumption, from manuscript, through the printing press, to the Internet, and across cultures

Course Purpose: Students will learn to analyze and discuss the history and social impact of the technologies involved in text production, including writing systems, manuscript, the printing press, industrialization, and digitization. Because these technologies have developed in (and developed differently in) a variety of cultures, students will learn about dynamics between technology and culture, such as the development of paper and movable type in China, the development of the printing press in Europe, and the intercultural growth of the Internet and social media technologies. Lectures and student projects will examine how particular moments in the history of the book engage with cultural and social change: for example, how the printing press enabled the pamphlet wars leading to the social and political disruption of the French Revolution, and how those debates were communicated through a variety of means (print, visual, oral) throughout Europe and beyond; how literacy efforts such as the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge worked to expand access to education and information to the lower classes; how emerging social media catalyze and enable global activism and democratic movements; etc. Students will learn the best practices of communicating ethically in a digital environment by participating in a service learning project focused on civic engagement

Taught in two sections by Dr. Craig Baehr and Dr. Ann Hawkins

 

Elective Courses: choose up to 3

 

Note: ~ indicates the course must be taught by a specific instructor to fulfill the requirements of the minor

 

Electives outside of the College of Arts and Sciences

Note: students may take no more than 6 hours outside A/S to fulfill minor.

 

Putting it together...

The following list suggests ways that the courses could be put together. The advisors of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Book History and Digital Humanities will help students match their interests to particular courses.

Digital and Material Texts (ANTHR 3348; ENGL 2312, 3382, 4313; CLAS3304; COMMST 3332; GEOL 3323, 4318; HIST 3328, 3360, 4373; PHIL 3340, 2350; ARTH 4307, 4335)

Historical Contexts (ANTHR 3348; ENGL 2312, 3382, 4321; CLAS3304; COMMST 3318, 3332; GERM 3313; GEOL 3323, 4318; HIST 3327, 3328, 3360, 3352, 3354, 3350, 4348, 4373; PHIL 2350, 3340, 3341; ARTH 4307, 4335, 4340)

Politics of the Book (ANTHR 3348; ENGL 2312, 3382, 4313; COMMST 3318, 3332; HIST 3327, 3328, 3360, 3352, 3354, 3350, 4348, 4373; ARTH 4307, 4335, 4340)

Economics of the Book (ANTHR 3348; ENGL 2312, 3382, 4313; COMMST 3318, 3332; HIST 3327, 3328, 3360, 3352, 3354, 3350, 4348, 4373; ARTH 4307, 4335, 4340

Readers and Reading (issues of reading, cognition, reception) (ANTHR 3348; ENGL 2312, 3382, 4313; COMMST 3318, 3332; GERM 3313; HIST 3327, 3328, 3360, 3352, 3354, 3350, 4348, 4373; PHIL 3340, 4331, 3341; PSYCH 4343; ARTH 4307, 4335, 4340