CORE 482 - From Album to Zine: Books in Contemporary Culture
Prerequisites: Completion of all skills and the five-course Interdisciplinary CORE requirements; at least sixth semester standing.
Requirement Fulfillment: N/A
This course is about books, the most enduring form of inquiry and artistic expression. We will examine the book as object, as content, as idea and as interface. Through research, discussion, site visits and making we will explore the importance of books in our culture; their use, meaning and construction. We will look at the impact and form of books through history, how they shape culture, help us read & reinvent histories. Texts about books and book forms will help students consider their influence upon human behavior, scientific understanding, and the development of lit- erature and philosophy. Throughout the course, there will be student prsentations and demonstrations, class discussions, experiential projects and readings. Students will consider the book as a field for creative composition, interpretation and expression and create content for their own books. Visits to the Fleet Library, the Providence Atheneum Special Collections, the Providence Public Library may be included in this course.
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