MWF | 12.00-12.50<P>This Special Topics course, a substitute for ENC 1102, is designed for students with interests in undergraduate research, interdisciplinary studies, humanities and cultural studies, book history and print culture, literature and history, as well as any student seeking to enhance their rhetorical and compositional skills in a class rooted in progressive pedagogy and active, collaborative, and project-oriented learning.<P>The book is dead! Long live the book! Actually, the book is not dead; it is very much alive and embedded in our current and future cultures. What is dead, or in need of dismissal, are the sets of myths and cultural baggage about books that not only have little relationship with the history and current practices in and around printed materials, but also obscure the material and social significance of books in their myriad of forms. Consequently, this course is rooted in an introductory study of how books operate within broad cultural conjunctures. And yet… <P>…this course is also about a single book, your book; one that you own, borrow, or somehow have access to. For we understand books not only over the long arc of human affairs, but in specific, personal moments. Books are significant in the way they make us feel, the memories they evoke, the pleasure we get in reading, collecting, talking about, and otherwise engaging with the book’s story, materiality, and various social manifestations. In other words, this course is about your relationship with a book, books and published matter in general, and how you make sense and fit into cultures and societies.
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