History | History of Reading
J300 | 2999 | Field


A portion of the above section reserved for majors
J300:  Also open to non-majors
Above section COAS intensive writing section and also requires 	
	registration in COAS W333
Above section open to undergraduates only

The seminar will examine the history of reading in the Mediterranean
and West European world from antiquity to the Enlightenment, with
most of our attention on late antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the
Renaissance and Reformation.  We shall look at the use of different
writing materials, scripts, and the scroll or book forms; the role
of libraries (private, institutional, and public, including
architectural considerations); and principles of selection, canons
of books, censorship, and the Index of Prohibited Books.  We shall
attempt to recreate how individuals read texts or heard them read by
others.

Course requirements include the regular reading of the assigned
texts and participation in our weekly discussions of them.  There
will of course be a major seminar paper based on original research.
There may be a few quizzes, but there will be no hourly exams or
final.