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Cultures of the Book

ENGL 071.401
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TR 3-4:30

The impact of various technologies (from writing to various forms of manuscript to print to electronics) on the way the written word gives shape to a culture. Emphasis on western cultures from Plato to the present, but participation by students with interest or expertise in non-western cultures will be of great value to the group as a whole. The course offers an ideal perspective from which students can consider meta-issues surrounding their own special interests in a wide variety of fields, as well as learn to think about the way in which traditional fields of study are linked by common inherited cultural practices and constructions. For further information, see my home page.