Text, Image, Sound - Bookish: Beyond Text and Image

CLLC-L 110 / CLASS 11423 — Spring 2021

Edmondson Basement Classroom
Days and Times
Tu/Th 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., 3 credits
Course Description

How does being bound up in a book change how we interact with an image? What do comics have to do with medieval manuscripts? What are books, anyway? To what extent does the medium really affect the message? In this course, we will analyze multimodal texts that combine written and visual expressions, focusing on books and bookish objects: medieval manuscripts, children’s books, comics and graphic novels, artists’ books, and even a variety of digital “books.” Students will engage with foundational theories of looking and reading, developing the ability to describe how an object informs the reception of the images and written texts it transmits. We will work directly with objects in special collections across campus, and students will put their knowledge and experiences into practice with a final project that, at their choice, can take the form of either a research paper or the creation of their own bookish object. 

Instructor: Kayla Lunt

Collins Seminars: Selected by Board of Educational Programming (BOEP)