English | BOOKS--WHO NEEDS 'EM? THE MEANING & FUTURE OF THE BOOK
W170 | 1949 | Tamara Stasik


Projects in Reading and Writing -- Topic:  BOOKS--WHO NEEDS 'EM?  THE
MEANING AND FUTURE OF THE BOOK

What does it mean if you can "read" someone "like an open book"?  Are
you a bookworm or a cyberpunk?  What are books anyway; do we still
need them?  In a time when palm pilots, e-books, and hypertexts are
becoming as common as cell-phones and T.V.s to convey information and
to entertain, this course will examine what books do to and for us.
Currently, the traditional book's use has been doubted and its demise
celebrated or contested in comparison to electronic media.  To be able
to address this issue and the question raised in the title of this
course--What is the usefulness of books--we will examine different
physical forms of the book, metaphors of the book, and representations
of books in history and other media.  By investigating what books mean
in our culture, we will attempt to understand how the physical form of
the book impacts our perceptions of communal and personal identity,
and shapes our relationships to religion, authority, and art.