This module will develop and enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of the book as a technology and provide the critical skills with which to consider the history and future of its form. Through a combination of theoretical, methodological and hands-on teaching sessions and workshops, we will study the role and function of books in selected places, historical periods, and institutional contexts, including the library, the book shop, the publishing house, and the board room. Aims: The module aims to equip students with an understanding of the history and future of the book as a technology. It introduces a range of perspectives on the ‘business’ of books, including concepts of authorship and production, dissemination, circulation and reception. Students will learn about the function of books in different disciplinary contexts (including business, typography, libraries, and publishers’ archives) through hands-on workshops and practical teaching sessions. Through secondary reading, personal reflection and a variety of assessment tasks they will be encouraged to engage critically and publically in debates on the past and future of the writing, publishing and reading of books.

Term(s) offered: Spring term module; 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Credit: 3.0
General Education: [None]