Spring 2020

Books and Their Afterlives: Writing and/as Technology

Listed in: English, as ENGL-303


Amanda K. Henrichs (Section 01)


Books have a rich history in multiple cultures, and the experience of reading them is often bound up with their material form. In other words, the way we read books has arguably always been tied to 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 texts 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. This course will include sessions held in Frost Library’s Special Collections and one required field trip to Big Wheel Press in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Visiting Professor Henrichs.

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


Attention to Research, Attention to Writing


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2019, Spring 2020