Instructor: Prochaska & Weissman W        1:25 – 4:15pm

This course, co-taught by a preservation librarian and a professor of literary and cultural studies professor, is an introduction to book arts (printing, bookbinding, papermaking, artists’ books) through the dual lens of book history and preservation practices. In addition to discussing weekly readings on the book as object, medium, content, idea, and interface, each class meeting students will conduct observational analyses, hands-on exercises, and archival research in the Preservation Lab located in Langsam Library. Students will explore the book in its many incarnations, from clay tablet to codex to zine to digital reader, as well as deconstruct and create books of their own.