Colorado College's thematic minor in The Book
Colorado College offers a thematic minor in The Book (the past, present, and future of the written word in its material form).
Description and requirements for the minor (as of January 2012):
Professor Carol Neel (adviser). Consideration of the past, present and future of the written word in its material form from the perspectives of the disciplines of Art, English, History, and Religion. Five units – one or more in at least three of the four constituent departments – chosen from among the following: AS 226 (Book and Book Structure); AS 313 (Special Studio Problems, when offered as Book Arts); AH 200 (Topics, when offered with related focus); AH 211 (Medieval Europe); AH 345 (Topics, when offered with related focus); HY 105 (Civilization in the West, when offered as Cultures of the Book); HY 275 (Renaissance and Reformation, when the major paper treats the history of printing); HY 409 (Independent Study, when relevant); EN 221 (Poetry); EN 275 (Graphic Novel); EN 282 (Beginning Poetry Writing, when printing projects are involved); EN 286 (Topics in Creative Writing, when printing projects are involved); EN 286 (Topics in Creative Writing, when printing projects are involved); EN 287 (Beginning Fiction Writing, when printing projects are involved); RE 200 (when offered as Holy Books). The Integrative Experience: a project completed in internship either at the Press at Colorado College, the college's galleries, or Tutt Library’s Special Collections, arranged in consultation with the minor adviser and the college’s Printer, Curator, or the Curator of Special Collections. This project may be an element of a course in the minor or undertaken outside of formal coursework or for-credit independent study in one of the contributing departments.
(This minor was first offered in the 2009-2010 school year. For general information on thematic minors at CC, click here. )
HY105 (a two-block FYE course) was offered as Cultures of the Book in 2008 and 2010. In January 2010 and 2012 we offered a half-block course, The History and Future of the Book, taught by Steve Lawson and Jessy Randall. Here is the course description:
HY200-The History and Future of the Book. Examines the development of technologies of the written word, from clay tablets and sheepskin scrolls to the manuscript codex, early printed book, modern printing, and digital text. Questions the way reading, writing, and preserving texts intersect with identity, memory, and history, making extensive use of primary materials in the library’s Special Collections and incorporating a hands-on experience at The Press at Colorado College. .5 unit-Lawson and Randall.
We expect to continue to offer the FYE and the half-block in alternating years. The History and Future of the Book will next be offered in January 2014.
Some useful links:
Jessy Randall’s “netcessary” literature page
Digital version of the January 2012 class printing project, a meta/historical book entitled Title
Syllabus for Cultures of the Book, 2010
Tutt Library Chronicle article about Carol Neel's 2008 FYE
Photos from Carol Neel's 2008 FYE (slideshow above)
Photographs of books made by CC students, September 2007
The Press at Colorado College