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Buchanan Library Fellows Project

Buchanan Library Fellows Project, Spring 2020

Tending to Popular Thought: What People Read and Why

Everyone knows what a book is. But what do 'gutters,' 'fore-edges,' 'diapers,’' 'running heads,' and ‘pilcrows' have to do with books? In this course, students will learn interesting and amusing stories behind useful, though specialized terms in the history of communication from medieval manuscripts to digital publishing. Along the way, students will study the history of books and printing from pamphlet wars to the e-book revolution and from the anatomy of the book to the aesthetics of book making. The class will include a group of undergraduates who have been designated as library fellows. As a group, the fellows will select examples in our special collections and learn how to curate an exhibition--online and in the Library’s Second Floor Gallery. Fellows will present on their work at a reception where everyone is welcome.                                                           

Lead Mentors: Mary Anne Caton and Rachel Lavenda

Dates of Employment: spring  semester 2020