Spring 2019

Books and Their Afterlives: Writing and/as Technology

Listed in: English, as ENGL-303


Amanda K. Henrichs (Section 01)


Books have been around, arguably, since there were things to write down. While they have not always looked the same, or meant the same things, or been used for the same purposes, reading them has been bound up with their material form: how they look, and smell, and feel. So what happens to books in the digital age? What do books feel like when they are on the Internet? From the first printed text to the digital age and beyond, this course will consider the changing shapes, goals, and aims of books: beginning with the earliest books produced with moveable type and ending with experimental electronic literature, we will consider the intertwined histories of reading, books, and the technologies used to make them. Part of this class will take place in Frost’s Special Collections, and as a final project students will create a digital edition of their chosen text.

Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Five College Fellow Henrichs.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to English majors and Five College New Media Concentrations.


Attention to Research, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2019, Spring 2020