ITAL512 - A Black Seed (He) Sowed: An Introduction to Paleography & History of Books

Section 301 - SEM
Writing and reading are common actions we do every day. Nonetheless they have changed over the centuries, and a fourteenth century manuscript appears to us very different from a Penguin book. The impact of cultural movements such as the Humanism, and of historical events, such as the Reformation, reshaped the making of the books and therefore the way of reading them. The course will provide students with an introduction to the history of the book, including elements of paleography, and through direct contact with the subjects of the class: manuscripts and books. The course will be conducted in English; a basic knowledge of Latin is desirable but not required. The class will meet in Van Pelt.
W 0400PM-0600PM